Cal State L.A. Meet Canceled; Campus evacuated after bomb scare
Selma, Kleinsasser, Ozorai and Conatser Shine At Cal State L.A. Invitational
Trojans win eight more events at Northridge Invitational
Trojan women win fifth straight
Hughes suffers left hamstring injury
THIS SEASON: Senior Kira Soderstrom will compete in the 3000m steeplechase as well as the distance races for USC, after running cross country in the fall.
2014: Soderstrom ran the fifth-fastest 3000m steeplechase in USC history in placing second at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 4 with a time of 10:56.22. She also broke the 11-minute barrier with a time of 10:57.13 at the Cal-Nevada Championships on April 5. She went on to place 14th in the event at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 11:13.06. Soderstrom had a season-best 1500m time of 4:39.60 which was second best on the team. She competed in cross country in the 2013 Fall season and posted a 5K PR of 18:34.4 to finish 30th at the Highlander Invitational on Oct. 19. Finished third among Trojans and 84th overall at the Pac-12 Championships on Nov. 2 with a time of 24:53.
2013: Finished fourth with a PR of 11:14.41 in the 3000m steeplechase at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on April 27...that time is good for 10th on USC's all-time list in the event. In the 2012 cross country season she finished 33rd with a time of 18:47.6 at the UC Irvine Invitational on Sept. 8. Was USC's fourth finisher and 12th overall with a time of 19:19.7 to help lead USC to victory at the Aztec Invitational on Sept. 15. Also competed at the 2012 Pac-12 XC Championships.
2012: Soderstrom clocked a lifetime PR in the 1500m with a time of 4:39.49 midway through the season and recorded a season best in the 3000m SC at the dual meet with a time of 11:26.21. In the 2011 cross country season, she was one of the many bright spots on the young Trojan cross country team. She represented USC at the Pac-12 Championships and posted a time of 22:54. She finished 20th at the Northridge Invitational with a time of 22:40.26 to help the Trojans take second in the meet.
HIGH SCHOOL: Soderstrom is a 2011 graduate of Winter Park High in Winter Park, Fla...Was a National Honor's Society student..She earned varsity letters in track and cross country for all four seasons, serving as both the track and the cross country team captain as a senior...Named to the All-Metro, All-District and All-Region cross country teams from 2008-10...Winter Park won the 4A Florida State Championship in 2009 with Soderstrom taking 16th individually. Her team was the state runner-up in 2008 and she placed 13th...Was the cross country team MVP as a senior...Named All-Metro, All-District, All-Region and All-State in track for the 2010 and 2011 seasons...At the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in 2011, Soderstrom placed sixth in the the 1-Mile Emerging Elite and 22nd in the 2-Mile Champions race... At the FHSAA 4A State Track Championships placed seventh in the 1600m race in 2010 and 2011, took third in the 3200m race in 2011 and was part of the winning 4x800m realy in 2010...Was the track team MVP in 2011, the Iron Man Award winner in 2009 and the Coaches' Award in 2008...Soderstrom is the Winter Park High freshman and sophomore one-mile record-holder.
PERSONAL: Kira was born on May 2, 1992 in New Jersey...Her parents are Lisa and Charles and she has two brothers, Erik and Charlie...She was a People to People Athletic Ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in 2008...Graduated from the national Outdoor Leadership School in 2009...She was a National Merit Scholar and a Math Honors Society member...Kira is a Math/Economics major at USC...Lists her favorite actors as Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman...Favorite movies are Kung Pow Enter the First, Step Brothers, Tommy Boy and Happy Gilmore...Her hobbies include poetry and photography....She also does AcroYoga at Muscle Beach in her spare time...Lists her favorite foods as syrup, pasta and chicken parmesan...Would like to one day travel to Japan...Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity...Was named honorable mention on the 2012 and 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic team.
CAREER BESTS: 3000m SC: 10:56.22