USC's Cross Country Team To Run At UC San Diego Triton Invitational Saturday

Oct. 4, 2007

LOS ANGELES - The USC women's cross country team will be in action on Saturday (Oct. 6) at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational with the 6K race set to begin at 8:30 a.m. There are 13 teams expected to compete at San Diego, including favorites CS Los Angeles, USC, UCLA, Fresno State and host UC San Diego.

'Our main focus this week is to make sure that we continue to make progress as a team,' said USC head coach Tom Walsh. 'I really like this course. It starts off on the intramural field, then loops through the campus, enters the forest and ends on the track. Times tend to be a little slower on this course.'

Making things tougher on the Trojans this week is that Sarah Cocco, winner of the Aztec Invitational and Pepperdine Invitational, along with Taylor Carroll will get the weekend off to rest. Cocco has been battling a cold and Carroll has an IT band strain.

Leading the way for the Women of Troy should be freshman Zsofia Erdelyi and senior captain Laura Meyers. Erdelyi has been showing steady improvement as she adjusts to the United States after coming over from her native Hungary just prior to the season. Erdelyi placed third at the Pepperdine Invitational with a time of 20:29.85. Meyers sat out last year, her senior year at Columbia, and is beginning to round into form, posting a 21:20.94 time at Pepperdine.

'This is a chance for Zsofia Erdelyi and Laura Meyers to really step up and lead this team by example,' said Walsh.

Sophomores Bridget Helgerson and Chanel Fischetti will also be relied upon heavily. Helgerson has been USC's first-place, third-place and fourth-place finisher in the first three meets, while Fischetti has finished as the Trojans' third runner once and fifth runner twice. Both Helgerson (21:24.76) and Fischetti (21:54.24) shaved over two minutes off their previous best 6K time at Pepperdine.

Sophomore Katherine Ellis will be running in her first race of the season for USC, after missing the first part of the season with a hamstring strain.

'We are looking for a big boost this week from Kat, Zara Lukens and Brianna Bentley,' added Walsh.

Two weeks ago, USC placed third (75 points) at the Pepperdine Invitational just behind CS Los Angeles (64 points) and CS Fullerton (68 points). The Trojans will complete the regular season at CS Fullerton on Oct. 19.

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