Selma, Kleinsasser, Ozorai and Conatser Shine At Cal State L.A. Invitational
Boyd wins twice and Novy and Olonade post school all-time top 10 marks
THIS YEAR: Junior Natasha Strickland begins her third season of running track for USC. She has also competed all three seasons in cross country.
2014: Strickland competed in the 800m and 1500m races for USC. She posted an 800m PR of 2:14.06 in placing seventh at the Cal-Nevada Championships on April 4...that time was the second-best by a Trojan in 2014. She had a season-best 1500m time of 4:47.62 to place 16th at the Trojan Invitational on March 22. She took fourth in the 800m with a time of 2:14.78 at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 4.
2013: Posted a PR in the 1500m race of 4:34.76 at the Trojan Invitational, which was the third-fastest 1500m time by a Trojan during the regular season. Set an 800m PR of 2:17.36 at the Northridge Invitational. Showed improvement throughout the 2012 cross country season, placing 57th in her first college XC meet with a time of 19:18.9 at the UC Irvine Invitational on Sept. 8. Was 22nd with a time of 19:57.4 at the Aztec Invitational on Sept. 15. Came in 17th with a time of 14:24.3 at the Highland Invitational on Oct. 23. Was one of USC's seven runners at the Pac-12 Championships on Oct. 27 and placed 100th with a time of 23:53.
HIGH SCHOOL: Strickland is a 2012 graduate of Laguna Beach HS in Laguna Beach, Calif. where she competed in cross country and track and was a 4-year MVP...As a senior placed fifth at the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational 2.93 mile race with a time of 18:47...Was seventh at the CIF Southern Section Division 4 finals also held at MT. SAC with a time of 18:29, the fastest time ever at Mt. SAC by a Laguna Beach runner...Strickland won three straight Orange Coast League titles, including running 17:36 as a senior to become only the third girl in school history to break the 18-minute barrier....In track and field, she was a three-time Orange Coast League champion in the 1600m and a four-time OCL champion in the 3200m race...she posted high school bests of 11:00.25 in the 3200m, 5:02.25 in the 1600m and 2:21.95 in the 800m races...Is the Laguna Beach High record holder in the 1600m, 3200m and 3-mile races...Was celebrated as Laguna Beach's Athlete of the Year in the local Patriot's Day Parade...She was a four-year honor roll student and received an academic award for Spanish and Physics...Was a member of the National Honor Society and the Super Sports Club...Volunteered for the Assisteens of the Assistance League of Laguna Beach and worked at a camp for special kids.
PERSONAL: Natasha was born on December 9, 1993 in Laguna Beach, Calif...Her parents are Carista and Bill and she has two siblings, Kativa (graduated USC in 2014 and is now in the Ostrow School of Dentistry) and Sarina (USC class of 2018)...Her mother Carista is a marathon runner...In her spare time Natasha likes to go to the beach, hang out with friends and listen to music...Lists her favorite musical artists as Beyonce and The Step Brothers and her favorite actor as Will Ferrell. Likes pizza and Mexican food...Says Allyson Felix is one of her sports heroes because she dominates on the track and is a Trojan...The other is her mother, Carista, who she also admires for being an inspirational runner...Natasha would like to visit Haiti where her mother was born and also to travel to Madrid...She is a Human Biology/Kinesiology major and a Spanish minor...After USC would like to become a psychologist, focusing on children's psychology or sports psychology.