USC Looks For Strong Showing At Pepperdine Invitational

Oct. 3, 2008

The USC women's cross country team will be one of the race favorites in the 13-team field competing at the Pepperdine Invitational in Malibu, Calif. on Saturday (Oct. 11) at 11:30 a.m. Sophomores Sarah Cocco, the defending race champion, and Zsofia Erdelyi are expected to be in the mix for the individual title as well.

'It looks like a three-team race with Pepperdine, CS Fullerton and USC,' said USC cross country head coach Tom Walsh. 'I look forward to seeing how we compete and look for the team to get back on the right track, because we are much better than we showed three weeks ago at San Diego State.'

Cocco looks to defend her 2007 Pepperdine Inviational individual title, as she won last year's race with a USC-record 6K time of 20:00. Also expected to be right there is Erdelyi who placed third last season with a time of 20:29.85. Their stiffest competition looks to be from host Pepperdine's Chelsea Wishard and CS Northridge's Lilyana Morejon.

'The girls have been off for three weeks from racing and are very anxious to get into a race situation and compete,' added Walsh. 'The last three weeks have proven very competitive and I hope that they can transfer that into the meet on Saturday.'

The Trojans have entered 12 runners into the meet. In addition to Cocco and Erdelyi, competing for USC will be Bridget Helgerson, Christine Greer, Chanel Fischetti, Katherine Ellis, Zara Lukens, Jessica Lundin, Leah Gaeta, Brianna Bentley, Jasmine Leija and Liz Gill.

USC has finished in third place at each of the last two Pepperdine Invitationals.

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