USC Takes Second At The Aztec Invitational|
Sept. 21, 2013
Junior Erica Capellino placed ninth to lead a strong team effort by the USC women's cross country team which placed second among Division I schools at the 69 Annual Aztec Invitational held at Balboa Park in San Diego today (Sept. 21). USC had five athletes finish among the top 25 runners, but the meet winner was No. 10 Arkansas which captured the title with a perfect score of 15, taking the top eight positions.
"We are improving, we are growing, but we still have room to grow," said USC cross country coach David Freeman. "We are going to get back to work Monday and start getting ready for the preview meet (NCAA Inter-Regional Jamboree) in Sacramento. I want us to focus on the racing aspect of training."
Capellino took ninth place with a time of 18:15, just 3.5 seconds off her winning time at the Aztec Invitational in 2012. It was the eighth consecutive regular season meet in which Capellino posted the best time by a Trojans and her second consecutive top 10 finish this season.
Sophomore Jenna Tong took 11th place with a time of 18:32. Last season she placed third with a time of 18:33.8. Rounding out the top five scorers for USC were redshirt freshman Lauren Grego at 18th with a time of 19:13, sophomore Nicole Davies 22nd with a time of 19:36 and junior Erin Matranga 24th with a time of 19:58.
USC's other competitors today and their finish were junior Kira Soderstrom (26th, 20:11, junior Austin Lundin (29th, 20:23), senior Lindsay Enright (34th, 20:34), junior Erin Robinson (52nd, 21:52) and sophomore Natasha Strickland (54th, 22:01).
Division I Team Scores: 1.) Arkansas -15, 2.) USC - 76, 3.) San Diego State - 87