Byrne, DeYoung, Matranga, Owen, Robinson and Soderstrom named honorable mention
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
At USC: Kira Soderstrom begins her third season of running cross country for USC...2012: 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. Placed sixth among Trojans and 22nd overall with a time of 14:38.3 at the 4K Highlander Invitational on Oct. 13. Represented USC at the Pac-12 Championships but ran outside of the course path and did not register a time...2011: Was USC's fourth finisher and 22nd overall with a 6K best of 22:40.26 at the CS Northridge Invitational on Oct. 15...One of the seven Trojans selected to represent USC at the Pac-12 Championships in Litchfield, Ariz. on Oct. 29 and she was the Trojans' fourth finisher with a time of 22:54...Competed in the spring on the track team and had USC's top steeplechase time of 11:26.21...it was her first 3000m steeplechase race and it moved her into ninth place on USC's all-time list in the event.
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....Lists her favorite foods as syrup, pasta and chicken parmesan...Says her sports hero is Erin Matranga because she puts the team on her back...Would like to one day travel to Japan...Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.