Women's Cross Country To Run At CS Northridge Invitational Saturday
Oct. 14, 2010
The USC women's cross country team is set to compete at the 6K CS Northridge Invitational on Oct. 16 at 7:45 a.m. at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, Calif. The Trojans are coming off three weeks of training since the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 25. Over 100 runners combined are entered from host CS Northridge, CS Fullerton, CS Los Angeles, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Westmont, Glendale (Ariz.) and USC.
"UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside are ranked in our region so this will be a good test to see where we stand against them and last year's winner CS Fullerton," said USC cross country head coach Tom Walsh. "My goal is to finish in the top two as a team and for Zsofia (Erdelyi) to capture the individual title."
USC has entered the senior Erdelyi, senior Christine Cortez, senior Dina Kitayama, junior Leah Gaeta, senior Zara Lukens, redshirt sophomore Jessica Lundin, sophomore Kelly Owen and freshman Jaclyn Walles. Also running unattached in this race are sophomores Theresa Kurth and Kathleen Moloney.
"We hope to build off the success we had in our last competition at Stanford on Sept. 25," added Walsh. "We have been training hard and making progress and I hope that it shows here. Zsofia is getting back into form and should battle for the top spot in this meet."
This will be the last big race for USC before the Pac-10 Championships and Walsh plans to determine after the race which seven runners he will enter at the Pac-10 Championships on Oct. 30 in Seattle, Wash., so the competition against the opponents as well as against teammates should be keen.
USC finished second at the 2009 CS Northridge Invitational, falling 61-53 to CS Fullerton. The race was run in sweltering heat as the temperature soared to the high 90's and the race was shortend to 5K and 40 meters. Zsofia Erdelyi led the Trojans, finishing in third place individually with a time of 17:45.03 despite battling a flu. That meet also marked the first race for Dina Kitayama who had just joined the Trojan team and she took 22nd overall in her first career 5K race with a time of 19:02.15.
Shelby Buckley began training this week and is hopeful to return for the end of the season.