USC 9th At Pac-10 Championships
Oct. 30, 2009
USC's women's cross country team placed ninth today (Oct. 30) at the 2009 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships hosted by the Trojans before nearly 1,000 fans on a beautiful 70-degree day at Sky Links Golf Course in Long Beach, Calif.
Junior Zsofia Erdelyi led USC with a time of 20:38.91 to place 22nd. For Erdelyi and every Trojan running it was their best 6K time of the season, with all except freshmen Kathleen Moloney and Kelly Owen (3 races) running just their second 6K race of the season.
USC's second place finisher and 60th overall was junior Christine Cortez who had a time of 21:51.27 in her first Pac-10 Championship race and second career 6K race. Also competing in her first conference championship was freshman Kathleen Moloney who had a season-best time of 21:58.00.
Senior Katherine Ellis and junior Zara Lukens, former high school teammates in Vancouver, Wash., were USC's final scoring runners, Ellis in 67th place with a time of 22:08.67 and Lukens 68th with a time of 22:11.24. Both runners posted career-best times.
Junior Dina Kitayama placed 74th with a time of 22:30.50 in just her second race as a Trojan and first 6K race. Senior captain Bridget Helgerson was the final Trojan runner to figure in the scoring placing 75th with a time of 22:32.84.
The final two Trojan finishers were sophomore Leah Geata (77th, 22:43.78) and freshman Kelly Owen (78th, 22:46.66).
The team race came down to a battle between defending NCAA and Pac-10 Champion Washington and Oregon, with the final 100m deciding the champion. The Husky runners made a strong charge to win 35-42, but Oregon's Nicole Blood took the individual title with a time of 19:41.71. Last year's champion Kendra Schaaf placed second with a time of 19:46.17 after leading for most of the race. Arizona State edged Stanford for third place and California nipped Arizona by two points for fifth place. UCLA captured seventh place as a result of Shannon Murakami's 13th place finish. Less than 10 seconds per runner separated the 8-10 teams with USC taking 9th, just behind Oregon State and ahead of Washington State.
The men's race was won by Stanford by a score of 28-45 over Oregon led by Chris Derrick who set the Pac-10 Championship race record with a time of 22:35.41.
USC will next compete at the NCAA West Regionals held in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 14.
Final Team Scoring:Women:1.) Washington-35, 2.) Oregon-42, 3.) Arizona State- 110, 4.) Stanford-111, 5.) California-128, 6.) Arizona-130, 7.) UCLA-207, 8.) Oregon State-239, 9.) USC-250, 10.) Washington State-251.
Men:1.) Stanford-28, 2.) Oregon-45, 3.) Arizona State-88, 4.) Washington-119, 5.) UCLA-122, 6.) Washington State-163, 7.) California-180, 8.) Arizona-193.
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