USC Heads North For Stanford Invitational|
Sept. 25, 2014
The USC women's cross country team will compete at the 41st annual Stanford Invitational on the Stanford golf course in Palo Alto, Calif. on Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m. The 2014 West Regional will be hosted by Stanford so this race will provide the Trojans a chance to familiarize themselves with the course. The 6K course features rolling hills and more than 300 oak trees and is both challenging and picturesque.
The Trojans will be sending a team of seniors Erica Capellino and Kira Soderstrom, juniors Katerina Berdousi, Jenna Tong and Reika Kijima and freshmen Amber Bragdon and Jessica Lesser. Kijima will be running in her first race for USC after two strong seasons of cross country at Azusa Pacific.
"This will be the first big meet against high-end competition and gives us a chance to see where we stand and what we need to do to improve as we work towards the Pac-12 Championships," said USC cross country coach David Freeman. " It will be a good barometer for us."
Among the teams scheduled to compete at the Stanford Invitational are host No.4 Stanford which has won the event 10-straight years, California, Cal Poly, Fresno State, Hawai'i, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Santa Clara, UC Santa Barbara and Washington State. This year's field includes seven of the top 15 ranked teams in the West Region by the USTFCCCA.