Women's Cross Country

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    Zsofia Erdelyi
    Zsofia Erdelyi

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Godollo, Hungary

    Height:
    5-3

    Birthdate:
    12/10/1987

    At USC: Zsofia Erdelyi begins her final season of running cross country at USC... 2009: Led USC in every meet she competed in for the second consecutive season...She began the season battling plantar fasciitis which delayed her training and caused her to miss the first two meets and then had a lingering flu later the season, but still was able post some impressive times...Took 13th place at the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 26 with a time of 21:04 in her season debut...Placed fourth with a time of 18:05 to help lead USC to the team title at the Vanguard Invitational on Oct. 10...She placed third with a time of 17:45.03 to lead USC to a second place finish at the CS Northridge Invitational on Oct. 16...Won her fourth career XC race, posting a time of 17:36.35 to lead the Trojans to a second place finish at the Titan Invitational in Fulleron, Calif on Oct. 24...finished 22nd at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 20:38.91 and 28th at the NCAA West Regional with a time of 21:47.14...In track and field, she bettered her school record in the 10000m race with a time of 33:18.75 at the Stanford Invitational on March 26, 2010...She reached the NCAA Championship finals in the 10000m race, but did not score...2008: Won two meets and was USC's top finisher in every meet in which she competed...Led USC to victory at the Pepperdine Invitational by capturing the individual title with a time of 20:33.22...it was USC's first team win since 2001...Came back to win the CS Bakersfield Tri-Meet with a school-record 5K time of 16:51.90. USC defeated CS Fullerton, CS Fullerton and Fresno State at Bakersfield for its first back-to-back wins since the 1997 season...Was USC's top finisher and place 17th at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 20:42.38 on Oct. 31...Earned an at-large selection to the NCAA Championships by placing eighth at the NCAA West Regional with a PR of 20:17.01...she was USC's highest finisher since Iryna Vashchuk placed sixth in 2003 and helped USC to a 13th place finish, its highest since the 1997 season...Came in 120th at the NCAA Championships with a time of 21:20.30...2007: She had a very solid first campaign, finishing as one of USC's top three runners in all of her five races...Made her debut on Sept. 15 at the Aztec Invitational and placed 13th with a time of 18:13, second among Trojans...Also was the second Trojan finisher and third overall at the Pepperdine Invitational on Sept. 22 with a season-best 6K time of 20:29.85...Won her first collegiate meet and set a course record at the Triton Invitational with a time of 21:50.04 on Oct. 6...Was USC's third finisher and 45th overall at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 21:33.3 on Oct. 27...placed 30th at the NCAA West Regional on Nov. 10 with a time of 21:15.50, joining with Sarah Cocco (18th) to make USC one of six teams with at least two runners in the top 30...Also starred on the track, finishing her freshman season with USC top-10 marks in the 3000m (4th) and 5000m (3rd) as well as setting the school 3000m steeplechase record with a time of 10:03.73...She bettered that this summer with a time of 10:02.39 in Debrecen, Hungary.

    High School: Erdelyi is a 2007 graduate of Petofi 3 Gimn Slkk Es Kollegium High in Aszod, Hungary... Ran an a very impressive 5000m/10000m double in the scorching heat at the Under-23 European Championships in Hungary in July...Has a best 5000m time of 16:25.25 and a best 10000m time of 34:29...Won the Hungarian national Under-20 2000m steeplechase title with a time of 6:52.53...At the 2006 IAAF Championships in Beijing, China, Erdelyi came in 12th with a time of 10:41:71...Had the 13th fastest 1500m SC time in the world in 2004 with a time of 4:55.45...Ran at the SPAR Cross Country Championships in San Giorgio, Italy on her birthday on December 10 and finished 48th with a time of 14:01...Ran a 10:13.17 time in the 3000m steeplechase in the fall of 2006...Has the 2007 third best Hungarian women's 12K performance with a time of 42:14...Also has the 2007 second best Hungarian women's 5000m time of 16:25.25.

    Personal: Likes to read, watch movies and hang out with friends in her spare time...Lists her sister as her biggest sports hero because she does everything to be the best and has instilled that in her, too...Her dream was to come to USA and learn and she chose USC because it is a very good school and she likes the cross country team...Her favorite food is chocolate...Among the places she would like to visit are New York and Beijing...Would like to continue running competitively after she graduates...Is a French Language and Literature major at USC.