Slow Pace Halts Erdmann in 10,000m

Erdmann was appearing in her third consecutive NCAA 10,000m national championship final.

June 8, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa - A windy and hot night in Des Moines halted Tara Erdmann's national championship hopes as her third consecutive NCAA Championship appearance ended with a 21st place finish in the 10,000m Wednesday night at Drake Stadium.

Erdmann, who entered the race with the fastest time in the nation this season over 10,000m, could not overcome the slow pace set by the leaders, Juliet Bottorf of Duke claimed the title in 34:25.86, nearly 90 seconds slower than Erdmann's season best of 33:10.50 and almost two minutes behind last year's winning time.

Erdmann was able to keep up with the main pack for the opening half of the race but could not maintain her pace on a night in which the temperatures topped 80 degrees at nearly 9 p.m. local time. She crossed the line in 35:53.48.

"I'm definitely disappointed," Erdmann said after the race. "I didn't run anywhere to where I thought I could run. I didn't feel great the whole time."

Erdmann will have another shot to add to her three All-America awards when she races on Friday in the 5,000m final. The race is slated to start at 6:10 p.m. Pacific Time (8:10 p.m. Central Time).

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