Erdelyi To Represent USC At The NCAA Cross Country Championships

Nov. 22, 2008

USC sophomore Zsofia Erdelyi will compete at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday (Nov. 24) at 9 a.m. (PT) in Terre Haute, Ind.

Erdelyi earned an at-large selection by placing eighth individually at the 2008 NCAA West Regional held on Nov. 15 in Eugene, Ore. The native of Hungary set a new PR of 20.17.01 in that race and was USC's highest individual finisher at the regional since Iryna Vashchuk placed sixth in the 2003. Erdelyi helped lead USC to a 13th-place finish in the team competition, its highest since the 1997 West Regional.

'Zsofia's eighth-place finish at the regional was really impressive because it is the toughest regional and she would have finished higher at other regionals,' said USC cross country coach Tom Walsh. I'm optimistic because she is going the right direction, getting better and better each race.'

If Erdelyi can place in the top 40 at the regional, she will earn All-America honors. USC's only female cross country runner to earn All-America status was Emebet Shiferaw who finished seventh in 1996.

'She has big race experience and usually does well in the big meets,' added Walsh.

Already this season, Erdelyi has won the Pepperdine Invitational and Roadrunner Classic meets and was USC's top finisher at the Pac-10 and NCAA West Championships. At the Roadrunner Classic in Bakersfield on Oct. 17, she won the meet with a school 5K record of 16:51.90. The Trojans as a team won both the Pepperdine Invitational and Roadrunner Classic, the first time it had won consecutive meets since the 1997 season.

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