Women's Cross Country

    Sarah Cocco
    Sarah  Cocco


    Boulder, Colo.



    At USC: Sarah Cocco will begin her second season as a cross country runner for USC after posting one of the finest freshmen seasons in school history...2007: She burst onto the scene by winning her collegiate debut at the Aztec Invitational in come-from-behind fashion with a time of 17:43, the best 5K time by a Trojan since 1998...She showed that was no fluke by winning the Pepperdine Invitational with a school-record 6K time of 20:00.0...She did not run again until the Pac-10 Championships on Oct. 27 where she placed 11th with a time of 20:30.9...It was the best finish by a Trojan since Iryna Vashchuk finished 10th in 2004...Cocco then placed 18th at the NCAA West Regional with a time of 20:57.25 and helped lead USC to its lowest point total at the Regional since 1998...Cocco was one of four freshman out of the 38 at-large selections for the NCAA Championships, but she did not compete...She was the first Trojan freshman to be selected for the NCAA Championships and sixth USC female ever.

    High School: Cocco is a 2007 graduate of Fairview (Colo.) High...She placed third at the 2006 Colorado 5A state cross country championships with a time of 19:11...For her efforts, Cocco was named the 2007 Daily Camera Female Cross Country Runner of the Year...She was selected to the 2006 Rocky Mountain News All-Colorado cross country team...Cocco helped lead Fairview to the 2005 Colorado state cross country championships, finishing 27th with a time of 19:52...Won three races at the Boulder County Championships despite blisters which required her to cut out holes in the back of her running shoes, winning the 3200m (11:07.46), 1600m (5:04.51) and 800m (2:14.13) races and placing second as part of Fairview's 800m medley relay team...Was named the meet's Most Valuable Athlete...Won the girls 1600m race at the Texas Relays with a time of 5:01.85, anchored her team to the 4x800m relay title (9:24.45) and opened for the winning distance medley relay team (12:25.7) to earn the Most Outstanding High School Athlete Award...Set a then PR and a meet record in the 1600m race at Liberty Bell Invitational track meet with a time of 4:52.06, slightly more than two seconds off the state record...Won three individual titles and was part of Fairview's winning 3200m relay team at the Colorado state 5-A Track and Field Championships...Won the 800m race for the second year in a row with a time of 2:08.50, the 1600m with a PR of 4:51.16 and the 3200m with a time of 11:02:66...As a junior, ran the fastest U.S. high school girls regular season 800m time of 2:08.58...Placed third in the 800m race with a time of 2:06.70 at the 2007 U.S.A. Junior Track and Field Championships to qualify for the Pan American Junior Athletic Championships...Ran 2:05.70 in the semi-finals....Battled food poisoning at the Pan American Junior Athletic Championships, but still finished fourth in the 800m race with a time of 2:08.45.

    Personal: Grew up in San Francisco...At the age of five she was offered the part of Claudia in the 1994 movie "Interview with the Vampire," but her mother made her turn it down due to her age and the violence in the movie, and the part ultimately went to Kirsten Dunst...Wants to become an actress and is studying theatre at USC.

    				Sarah Cocco Cross Country Results

    Date Meet (Distance) Finish Time 2007 Sept. 1 CSUF Jammin Invitational (5K) ----- ----- Sept. 15 Aztec Invitational (5K) 1st 17:43* Sept. 22 Pepperdine Invitational (6K) 1st 20:00.00* Oct. 6 UCSD Triton Classic (6K) ----- ----- Oct. 19 CS Fullerton Invitational (5K) ----- ----- Oct. 27 Pac-10 Championships (6K) 11th 20:30.9* Nov. 10 NCAA West Regional (6K) 18th 20:57.25* * indicates Trojans' top finisher