Erdmann Finishes 20th at NCAA West Regional
Freshman Tara Erdmann ran a 17:19.15 in the 5000 meters on Friday.
June 2, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Freshman Tara Erdmann ran a 17:19.15 to claim 20th overall in the 5000 meters at the NCAA West Regional being held at Cal State Northridge on Friday. Erdmann qualified for the race after posting a time of 16:47.45 in the fourth section at the 2008 Stanford Invitational on April 5. Her fourth-place time bested the Regional qualifying time of 16:52 by nearly five seconds.
Stanford's Teresa McWalters paced the pack in the race for the second consecutive year, crossing the line in 16:17.30, nearly 10 seconds in front of her nearest competitor, Nicole Blood of Oregon (16:26.69). Danielle Domenichelli (UC Santa Barbara), Sarah Pearson (Oregon) and Lesley VanMiert (Northern Arizona) round out the top-five who will advance to the National Stage in Des Moines, Iowa from June 11-14.
After competing at the 5k distance, Erdmann, who was named LMU Female Freshman of the Year, will now run at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships which are taking place from June 20 to 22. The native of Tucson, Ariz. qualified for the race after turning in an impressive run of 4:39.31 in the 1500 meters on March 1 at the West Coast Challenge. The qualification will make Erdmann the first LMU runner to ever participate in the Championships. Erdmann has since improved her time to 4:29.17, doing so at the Arizona State Invitational on March 29.