Johnson, Ndipagbor, Davis, Faulknor, and Gaither Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week
Ndipagbor, Davis, Faulknor, and Gaither set USC 4x200m relay record.
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: Jenna Tong begins her third season of running cross country for USC. She has been one of the Trojans' top three finishers in all of her 12 career races, twice leading the squad. She has made significant progress in each of her first two seasons. 2013: Was USC's top finisher at the competitive NCAA Inter-Regional Jamboree on Oct. 4 by finishing 46th with a time of 17:48. Took second place to teammate Erica Capellino with a time of 21:50.58 at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on Oct. 11. Led the Trojans and finished third overall with a time of 17:33.2 at the Highlander Invitational on Oct. 19. She placed 64th, second among Trojans with a time of 24:03 at the Pac-12 Championships on Nov. 2. Set a 6K PR and finished 124th as USC's lone representative at the NCAA West Regional on Nov. 15 with a time of 21:42...became the first Trojan to compete at the Regional since Olympian Zsofia Erdelyi competed in 2010. 2012: Was USC's second finisher and 12th overall with a then-5K PR of 18:04.3 in her first collegiate race, the UC Irvine Invitational on Sept. 8. Helped lead the Trojans to the team title at the Aztec Invitational on Sept. 15 as she was USC's second runner and third overall with a time of 18:33.8. Was the third Trojan to cross the line and 67th overall with a time of 22:19 at the 6K Stanford Invitational on Sept. 29. Was ninth as USC's third finisher with a time of 14:01.6 at the 4K Highlander Invitational on Oct. 13. Was USC's third finisher and 56th overall with a then-6K PR of 22:00 at the Pac-12 Championships on Oct. 27.
HIGH SCHOOL: Tong is a 2012 graduate of Mira Costa HS in Manhattan Beach, Calif. where she competed in cross country her final two seasons and track all four years...Helped lead Mira Costa to a second-place finish at the 2010 CIF XC Championships...Helped the team place 14th at the Nike Cross Nationals in 2010...As a senior Tong placed 28th at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 cross country race at Mt. San Antonio with a time of 18:18...Was fourth with a time of 18:07 at the Laguna Hills Invitational...Ran 17:27 on a flat Woodbridge course to help her team place fifth at the invitational...As a senior in track and field posted PRs of 2:22.87 in the 800m and 5:00.01 in the 1600m races....Tong ran in the 15-17 age group at the Manhattan Beach 10K and won with a time of 42:31...Was a 4-year honor roll student and a National Honor Society member....Was a member of the Soroptimist Club and Pink Ribbon Club...Volunteered for the Philanthropic Runner's Club and for Lunches with Love.
PERSONAL: Jenna was born on Dec. 3, 1993 in Torrance, Calif...Her parents are Joyce and Jeffrey Tong and she has one brother, Jonathan "JJ"...Her father and uncle also attended USC...Likes cooking, sleeping, watching television and going to the beach...Her favorite foods are candy, pizza, pasta, and well...everything!...Some day would like to travel to Europe...She is undecided on a major at USC...Would eventually like to go to graduate school...Named honorable mention on the 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic team.