USC Will Face Stiff Competition At Pac-12 XC Championships On Saturday

    Trojans Erica Capellino (left) and Jenna Tong, who finished 1-2 at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on Oct. 11, look to lead the Trojans this weekend at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships

    Oct. 30, 2013

    The young USC women's cross country team will compete this weekend at the 2013 Pac-12 Cross Country Championships hosted by Colorado at the Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville, Colo. on Nov. 2. This is the first Pac-12 Championship in any sport hosted by Colorado. The women's 6K race is set to begin at 11:40 a.m. and consists of two 2-K loops and two 1-K loops along rolling fairways, with several sharp turns and no elevation gain. The championships will be broadcast tape-delayed on the Pac-12 Network on Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Jim Watson will serve as the play-by-play and Dwight Stone will provide the color.

    Scheduled to compete for USC in Colorado are junior Erica Capellino, sophomore Jenna Tong and junior Kira Soderstrom, who competed at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, and senior Lindsay Enright, junior Austin Lundin and junior Erin Matranga, making their first appearance at the conference meet. Sophomore Nicole Davies was slated to run at the Pac-12 Championships, but is having hip issues and will not be able to compete.

    USC placed 10th last season at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships, but due to graduation and injuries, have only three runners from that race competing again this season.

    The Pac-12 Conference is widely regarded as the toughest conference in the country with No. 1 Arizona and four other top 20 teams in No. 12 Oregon, No. 13 Washington, No. 16 Colorado and No. 20 Stanford. In addition, Arizona State is ranked No. 26 and UCLA is receiving top 25 votes.