Trojans Finish Fifth At Highlander Invitational

    Oct. 15, 2016

    Sophia Racette had a 5K personal best to finish fourth individually and lead USC to a fifth-place finish at the 2016 Highlander Invitational (5K) at the UCR Agricultural Operations Course in Riverside, Calif. today (Oct. 15).

    “Today overall was a good day,” said USC cross country coach David Freeman. “We had a couple of PRs today and when you come out of a cross country race with a couple of PRs there really is nothing to complain about. The biggest thing we accomplished today was that they are gaining a little more confidence each week and with each race. Unfortunately one of our top runners fell today (Grimes), but she got back up and finished the race, so I was proud of her for that. Overall in the team score that kind of hurt us, but for the most part our team performed pretty well.”

    Racette posted a 5K PR of 17:27.93 to finish a strong fourth in the race. After missing her first season of cross country at USC with injuries, Racette has been the top Trojan in each of her three meets this season while posting 6K and 5K PRs.

    Amber Gore was the second Trojan to finish and she was 12th overall with a collegiate-best 5K time of 17:49.38. Mikaela Smith was the third Trojan and 25th overall with a PR of 18:27.65. Also with a 5K PR was Chloe Berry who finished 29th, fourth among USC’s runners. The final Trojan to score in the meet was Rebekah Ent who was 37th with a time of 18:45.11.

    Despite her fall, Vivian Grimes had a college 5K best time of 18:56.12 to finish 42nd. Also competing today for the Trojans were Lorea Ibarzabal (49th, 19:24.92), Lauren Maurer (52nd, 19:31.55) and Rachel Glynn (59th, 20:20.46).



    “Sophia ran a PR today. It was good to see her challenging towards the front and seeing everyone kind of step up even though we had a young lady who took a spill,” said Freeman. “Overall as I said, we did pretty well. It is just another stepping stone to get ready for the Pac-12 Championships, another learning experience.”

    USC’s next scheduled meet is the Titan Invitational in Fullerton, Calif. on Oct. 21, but there is a chance that they may not compete again until the Pac-12 Championships on Oct. 28 in Tucson, Ariz.