Ambrosini Leads USC To A Fourth-Place Finish At Fullerton Invitational

Sept. 5, 2009

The USC women's cross country team opened its season with a fourth-place finish at the CS Fullerton Invitational today (Sept. 5) in Fullerton, Calif. The Trojans were led by freshman Christy Ambrosini who placed 14th, with five of USC's six runners in the meet being freshman and all finishing in the top 50 in a field of 262 runners.

'Our top three finishers really competed well,' said USC cross county coach Tom Walsh. 'Christy (Ambrosini) worked hard during the race. She ran a smart race and I think she has a bright future ahead of her. This was her first cross country race ever, so she is only going to get better.'

Ambrosini placed 14th on the 6K course with a time of 23:36.50, tops among the Trojans. The next four finishers for USC were also freshman, as Kathleen Moloney placed 20th with a time of 23:49.50, Kelly Owen 25th with a time of 23:53.70 and Abigail Gregg 30th with a time of 23:58.80.

USC's next finisher was junior Zara Lukens in 32nd place with a time of 24:04.60 and she was followed by another freshman Theresa Kurth, who placed 50th with a time of 24:31.00.

I was really pleased with the freshmen today,' said Walsh. 'The challenge of making the adjustment from 5K to 6K will be something they will have to work on, but they really passed the test today and that bodes well for the future.'

'We had very good grouping today,' added Walsh. 'The difference between our first and fifth runners was not much, which shows the depth of our team.'

What makes it more impressive for the Trojans is that they held out five of their top runners tonight - Zsofia Erdelyi, Shea Wickland, Bridget Helgerson, Christine Cortez and Katherine Ellis.

Azusa Pacific won the team title, followed by Glendale JC, Long Beach State and then USC. The Trojans finished six points out of third place.

USC will next be in action at the UC Irvine Invitational in Irvine, Calif. on Sept. 12 at 9 a.m.

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