Erdelyi Granted Additional Track Season By The NCAA
Sept. 14, 2011
USC record-setting distance runner Zsofia Erdelyi was granted an additional season of competition for outdoor track and field it was announced today (Sept. 14) by USC Director of Track and Field Ron Allice.
Erdelyi was bothered by stomach pain early in the 2011 track season and competed in three races before she had surgery to remove a cyst which ended her season. USC appealed to the NCAA for a medical redshirt season for the senior which was granted.
"She is the greatest long distance runner in the history of the program," said Allice. "It is the best news we've had all year."
"It's a huge boost to our program to get the best USC distance runner ever back for another season," added USC distances/cross country coach Tom Walsh. "She deserves to go out on a better note and she's looking forward to having a special senior season."
Erdelyi, a native of Hungary, is the USC record holder in the 5,000m (16:00.11), 10,000m (33:18.75) and the 3,000m steeplechase (10:01.99), as well as the Trojans' all-time leader in the cross country 5K with time of 16:51.90.
This summer Erdelyi won the Hungarian national steeplechase title with a time of 10:27.84. She is expected to compete this year in the 5,000m and 10,000m races for USC.