Women's Cross Country
    USC Places 10th At Pac-12 Cross Country Championships

    Not illness or Mother Nature could slow the Trojans down today at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships. Here Shelby Buckley and Coach Tom Walsh pose in front of the team's tent which ended up in a water hazard due to the high winds on the course.

    Oct. 27, 2012

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    The USC women's cross country team placed 10th at the ultra-competitive Pac-12 Cross Country Championships hosted by UCLA at Robinson's Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita, Calif. today (Oct. 17). Oregon, one of four conference teams ranked in the top six in the country, won the women's team title.

    Redshirt senior captain Shelby Buckley led the way for USC by finishing the 6K course in 49th place with a time of 21:49. It was Buckley's best 6K time since running 21:34.26 at the 2008 Pac-12 Championships. She and freshman Nicole Davies posted an especially valiant effort as they both were diagnosed with strep throat earlier in the week, yet fought through it and were able to answer the bell at the conference meet.

    "I thought we were dealt two nasty cards this week with our No. 2 and No. 4 runners getting strep throat, though I thought we dealt with it really well," said USC cross country head coach Tom Walsh. "I though Shelby ran the toughest race I've ever seen her run in her life."

    Sophomore Erica Capellino (55th) and freshman Jenna Tong (56th) were next both finishing with a time of 22.00. For Tong, it was a new 6K PR.

    USC's next three finishers were also freshmen as Katerina Berdousi placed 71st with a PR of 22:24, Natasha Strickland placed 100th with a PR of 23:53 and Davies was 101st with a time of 23:54.

    "Erica (Capellino) and Jenna (Tong) also ran well and helped us in scoring and Katerina Berdousi showed real signs of progress, running a smart race and running the second half of the course very strong," added Walsh. "With seven of our eight runners being freshmen and sophomores, I think it was a great experience for them as we try to get better and improve in the future."

    Sophomore Erin Robinson placed 105th with a time of 24:02. Sophomore Kira Soderstrom was also running a solid race, but was not guided by an official when she missed a sharp turn on the course and ultimately was disqualified.

    All season the young Trojan squad showed improvement, including at the Pac-12 Championships where they finished 12th last season with 384 points, compared to this year's 295. In fact, the Trojans beat two conference teams for the first time since the 2007 season when they placed eighth.

    The final women's team scores were as follows: 1.) Oregon (47), 2.) Arizona (69), 3.) Stanford (82), 4.) Washington (92, 5.) Colorado (124), 6.) UCLA (172), 7.) Utah (200), 8.) California (209), 9.) Arizona State (210), 10.) USC (295), 11.) Oregon State (305) and 12.) Washington State (308).