Women's Cross Country
    USC Places 8th At The Competitive Stanford Invitational
    Freshman Jenna Tong continues to impress in the early season, finishing today as the third Trojan with a time of 22:19.
    Freshman Jenna Tong continues to impress in the early season, finishing today as the third Trojan with a time of 22:19.

    Sept. 29, 2012

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    USC had another strong showing and placed eighth at the prestigious Stanford Invitational 6K cross country race in Palo Alto, Calif. today (Sept. 29). Sophomore Erica Capellino led the way for Troy, finishing 26th (22nd in scoring) out of 292 runners with a 6K PR of 21:43. There were eight teams ranked either nationally or in the top 15 regionally and USC beat four of those teams, including the Pac-12's California team which came in ranked No. 9 in the West.

    "I thought we were very aggressive getting out in the first half of the race and then were able to hang on for eighth overall," said USC cross country head coach Tom Walsh. "I was really pleased with the effort of Shelby Buckley and Nicole Davies, who was coming back from sickness. I thought those two ran especially well today. I thought we ran a good tactical race for the most part and really battled and competed very well against some ranked teams. "

    Redshirt senior Shelby Buckley was close behind finishing 32nd (28 points) with a time of 21:50, her best 6K since running 21:34.56 at the 2008 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships while at UCLA and before a series of injuries slowed her progress.

    The Trojans' next three finishers were all freshmen running their first 6K race with Jenna Tong placing 67th (61 points) with a time of 22:19, Nicole Davies taking 71st (65 points) with a time of 22:22 and Katerina Berdousi in her first collegiate race placing 80th (73 points) with a time of 22:27.

    Sophomore Erin Robinson from Palo Alto, finished 121st with a time of 22:52 and sophomore Kira Soderstrom finished 190th with a time of 23:44.

    Host Stanford won the team title and the Cardinal's Kathy Kroeger won her third consecutive individual title with a time of 20:13.