Erdelyi Sets New USC 10K Record At European U23 Championships
July 17, 2009
USC sophomore Zsofia Erdelyi broke her own school 10,000m record by placing second at the European Athletics Under-23 Championships with a time of 33:39.89 today (July 17) in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Erdelyi's time was just two and one-half seconds behind the event's winner and bettered her school record by nearly 25 seconds. Erdelyi originally broke the USC 10,000m race record with a time of 34:04.70 on March 27 at the Stanford Invitational. On that day, she broke Beth Van Alstine's USC 10K record of 34:29.62 which had stood for five years. Her time today of 33:39.89 would have placed second at the 2009 NCAA Championships. Erdelyi ran the 3000m steeplechase at the 2009 NCAA Championships and placed eighth with a time of 10:12.31 to earn All-America honors.
The sophomore from Hungary now owns the USC record in the 10,000m, 5,000m (16:14.55) and 3,000m steeplechase (10:01.99) in track and the 5K record in cross country (16:51.90). Erdelyi also established the 5,000m record this summer while competing in Norway on June 21.