Women's Cross Country
    USC Places 8th At Competitive Stanford Invitational

    Junior Katerina Berdousi continued her impressive early season by placing 15th with a 6K PR at the Stanford Invitational today. USC placed eighth at the very competitive meet.
    Sept. 27, 2014

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    Junior Katerina Berdousi posted a 6K personal best to lead the USC women's cross country team to an eighth-place finish at the very competitive Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. today (Sept. 27). The field featured seven of the top 15 ranked teams in the West Region and the Trojan woman placed higher than two of the West's top 15, finishing eighth with 251 points, while No. 4 nationally Stanford (71 points) won its meet for the 11th consecutive season.

    Berdousi was USC's top finisher, finishing 15th with a PR of 21:28. She was fifth among all Pac-12 runners in the meet and her time and finish were the best by a Trojan at the Stanford Invitational since Zsofia Erdelyi finished seventh with a time of 20:56 in 2010.

    The Trojans' second finisher was senior Erica Capellino with a time of 22:22, good for 55th. Not far behind her in 70th place with a time of 22:35 was senior Kira Soderstrom. That time was a 6K best for Soderstrom.

    Junior Jenna Tong was 117th with a time of 23:06 and junior Reika Kijima was 126th with a time of 23:12. There were 18 runners that finished between the 10 seconds of 23:04-13.

    USC's final two runners in their first collegiate 6K race were freshmen Amber Bragdon (147th, 23:23) and Jessica Lesser (201st, 23:54). The Trojans' next meet with will the second annual USC-USC Cross Country Dual Meet to be held in Pasadena on Oct. 9.