2006 USC Cross Country Outlook

Sept. 1, 2006

It is pretty clear that our two leaders will be Ashley Jensen and Kristen Berglas. Ashley brings some good eastcoast cross country experience which I hope will rub off on the younger girls. We have so many freshmen that it is going to be in the hands of Ashley and Kristen, both seniors, to help bring them along. I'm really looking forward to Berglas returning to her sophomore form and for Jensen to continue being the solid runner she was at Providence College and maintaining that here at USC.

Following them, we have eight girls that will be battling for the third spot, and seven of those girls are freshman. That group includes Kelsey Connor, Katherine Ellis, Chanel Fischetti, Daniela Gergley, Christine Greer, Bridget Helgerson, Alexis Nichols and Jennifer Wells, and all are freshmen except for Greer, a fransfer from NYU. What impresses me so far is how hungry they are as a group and how much they want to get better as a team. These freshmen will eventually be the cornerstone of the team and I'm very optimistic about the future of this program. They are all pretty close to each other in time, so we will be a team that runs in packs and that should help push each other to achieve greater heights.

Not far behind that group of eight, we have senior Christina Eads, freshman Natalie Jarvey, junior Sara Fusco and sophomore Allison Spies. Eads and Fusco join Berglas as the only returning runners and will aid the team greatly with their experience and knowledge. One other member of the team is Taylor Carroll a transfer from Arizona State, who will be redshirting this season.

We are going to have some ups and downs because we are so young, but I'm hoping as the season progresses, we will keep improving as we reach the end of the season and into the Pac-10 Championship.

The Pac-10 overall is one of the top conferences in the country. This year the league could have as many as five schools in the top 25 in the nation. The competition will be strong, but USC's runners appear ready to challenge themselves and grow as a team.

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