USC Cross Country Places Second At CSUN Invitational

Oct. 16, 2009

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Junior Zsofia Erdelyi placed third to lead USC to a second-place finish today (Oct. 16) in scorching heat at the first CS Northridge Invitational in 22 years held in Northridge, Calif. The heat index topped out in the high 90's and forced the race to be shortened to about 5K and 40 meters from the originally scheduled 6K race.

The Trojans came up just short of making it back-to-back team wins, as they were edged by CS Fullerton, 61-53. USC had seven runners finish before the Titan's fifth and final scoring runner, but Fullerton built the lead by its top three runners finishing third, sixth and seventh in the scoring.

Despite still having some flu-like symptoms, Erdelyi came in third (second among scoring runners), with a time of 17:45.03. Danielle Domenichelli ran unattached and won the race with a time of 17:12.96, while the top official runner was Lilyana Morejon of host CS Northridge with a time of 17:24.62.

Junior Christine Cortez was USC's next runner, placing 13th with a time of 18:41.14. Senior Bridget Helgerson was right behind her in 16th place with a time of 18:46.48.

Freshman Theresa Kurth had her best race of the season finishing with a time of 18:52.54, good for 18th place. Junior Zara Lukens was the Trojans' fifth and final scoring runner, coming in 20th with a time of 18:57.83.

Junior Dina Kitayama just joined the USC team and came through with a solid first race as USC's sixth runner and 22nd overall with a time of 19:02.15. The final Trojan to figure in the team scoring was freshman Kathleen Moloney who placed 24th with a time of 19:05.69.

It was also good for the Trojans to see senior Chanel Fischetti (20:16.62) finally able to run in a race during her last semester of eligibility. She has been sidelined from competition since the summer due to a shin injury.

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