Trojans To Compete At UC San Diego Triton Classic

Oct. 6, 2006

The USC women's cross country team travels to San Diego today (Oct. 6) and will compete in the UC San Diego Triton Classic on Saturday, Oct. 7 to be held at the Triton Par Course in San Diego, Calif. at 9 a.m. There are 16 schools entered in the meet, with the Trojan's top competition expected to come from UC Irvine, San Diego State, UCLA and Pepperdine.

'The last two weeks of training have been really good,' said USC cross country coach Tom Walsh. 'This has been the hardest part of the schedule, with some of the hardest training sessions, all while still competing in races. I expect all of the girls to have improved from where they were earlier in the season.'

The eight Trojans entered in the race will be senior Ashley Jensen, sophomore Christine Greer and freshmen Bridget Helgerson, Daniela Gergley, Katherine Ellis, Chanel Fischetti, Natalie Jarvey and Jennifer Wells. Freshmen Kelsey Connor and Alexis Nichols will miss this meet due to flu-like symptoms. Senior Kristen Berglas, who was Troy's top finisher at this race last year, has begun training again and should race in her first meet on Oct. 20 at Cal State Fullerton.

'We are going in the right direction, improving every week, we're getting everyone back and we are basically healthy now,' said Walsh. 'It looks like by the time we reach the Pac-10 Championship, we should be able to field our best team.'

'This course is pretty flat, with some hills and some running in the woods,' added Walsh. ' It is a good cross country course, much easier than Pepperdine and our girls survived that really hilly course. This should be much better for them. Our goal is to finish in the top five.'

After this race, USC will be off until Oct. 20 when they will compete in the CS Fullerton Invitational which begins at 4:30 p.m. That will be USC's last regular season race before the Pac-10 Championship to be hosted by Stanford on Oct. 28 in Palo Alto, Calif.

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