Trojans Take Fifth At 71st Aztec Invitational in San Diego|
Sept. 18, 2015
Jenna Tong finished 18th and all five scoring Trojans finished in the top 30 to lead USC to a fifth-place finish at the 71st Annual Aztec Invitational (5K) at the San Diego Mission Bay’s Tecolote Shores North in San Diego, Calif. today (Sept. 18).
“Overall I’m pleased with today’s results,” said USC cross country coach David Freeman. “We are heading in the right direction with just 11 spots between our first-fifth place runners, it is a good thing for us to build upon. Jenna (Tong) stepped up today and the freshmen are coming along.
“ We need to learn to manage the race a little better and run our race and not our competitor’s. Our team went out a little too hard to start the race. We are a young team with a lot of freshman runners and they are still learning the ins and outs of competing at this level. This is another meet that we are training through and working on race strategies because we want to be our best in October. They are learning from this process so they can peak at the Pac-12 Championships.”
The senior Tong finished the course in 19:19.22 to lead USC, followed closely by senior Katerina Berdousi who took 21st with a time of 19:23.98.
Redshirt sophomore Rebekah Ent ran her first race as a Trojan and demonstrated good things are in store, as she was the third USC runner to cross the finish line. Ent had a time of 19:31.11 to place 24th and redshirt freshman Madison Ricks had a time of 19:38.52 to finish 26th. Rounding out the scoring for the Trojans was Amber Gore who had a time of 19:41.03 to place 30th, fourth among the freshmen in the race.
Finishing sixth for the Trojans and sixth among freshman was Mikaela Smith. She had a time of 19:50.04 to place 37th overall.
Also running for USC was sophomore Amber Bragdon who placed 49th with a time of 20:23.30, freshman Taylor Seamans who finished 50th with a time of 20:25.78 and senior Natasha Strickland who was 64th with a time of 20:51.94.