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 second season of running cross country for USC. Showed improvement throughout the cross country and track and field seasons... 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 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 17:36 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 (20) and Sarina (15)...Kativa is in the USC Class of 2014...Her mother Carista is a marathon runner...In her spare time likes to go to the beach, hang out with friends and listen to music...Lists her favorite musical group as Coldplay, favorite actor as Christian Bale and favorite movies as The Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises...Likes Mexican food...Says Allyson Felix is her sports hero because she dominates on the track and is a Trojan...Also says she admires her mother Carista who is an inspirational runner, too...Natasha would like to visit Haiti where her mother was born...She is a Human Biology/Kinesiology major with a Spanish minor...After USC would like to become a physician's assistant or work in sports medicine/human biology.