USC Cross Country Team To Race At Northridge Invitational Saturday|
Oct. 13, 2011
The USC women's cross country team will compete at the CS Northridge Cross Country Invitational (6K) to be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 a.m. on the CSUN campus. There will be a 10-school field for the race, which includes CS Bakersfield, CS Dominguez Hills, CS Fullerton, CS Los Angeles, CS Northridge, Houston, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UNLV and USC.
Expected to compete for USC are redshirt juniors Shelby Buckley and Jessica Lundin, junior Kelly Owen, sophomores Anna Burger and Jaclyn Walles, redshirt freshman Katie DeYoung and freshmen Shannon Byrne, Erica Capellino, Austin Lundin, Erin Matranga, Erin Robinson and Kira Soderstrom.
"This is the first 6K race for us, so it will be a big test," said USC cross country head coach Tom Walsh. "We have had three solid weeks of training. The entire team has gotten better. This will be an important race because I'll determine our seven runners going to the Pac-12 Championships after Saturday. I want to see how our runners perform under pressure situations. A top three finish would be fantastic for our team."
The team battle should be a close one with UC Santa Barbara (ranked No. 11 in the West) the slight favorite. USC along with UC Irvine and CS Fullerton are all expected to give them a good battle, though.
"Shelby and Erica have a great chance to be in the top five in this race," said Walsh. "They both have worked extremely hard and it would be great to see a Trojan get a first-place medal in this race.
"This is the time of year when the freshmen will be asked to step up and contirube. All six freshmen have made big improvements during the season and I'm looking for all of the them to keep it going for the rest of the season."