Buckley leads young Trojan squad
Young Trojan squad features 3 sophomores and 4 freshmen
Final regular season meet of the season
Young Trojans post seven of the top 23 times
Trojans to compete a the 4K Highlander Invitational hosted by UC Riverside
At USC: Natasha Strickland begins her final season of running cross country for USC... 2014: Had a season-best 5K time of 19:20.3 at the Highland Invitational on Oct. 18, her fastest 5K cross country race since her first race as a Trojan. In track, she posted an 800m PR of 2:13.25 to place 14th at the Pac-12 Championships. 2013: She competed in three cross country meet during the season. Was USC's seventh finisher and 30th overall with a time of 26:15.05 at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on Oct. 11. Also competed for the track team in the spring and posted an 800m best of 2:14.06 at the Cal-Nevada Championships on April 4...that was the second-fastest 800m time by a Trojan during the season...2012: Placed 57th in her first college 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 (4K) 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 17:33 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, Drake and The Weeknd 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...She is a Psychology major and is getting a double minor in Spanish and Occupational Therapy...After USC would like to become an occupational therapist...Named honorable mention on the 2015 Pac-12 All-Academic team.