Erdmann Earns All-American Honors
Erdmann finishes 6th overall in Eugene, OR at the 2010 NCAA Track and Field National Championships
In true Pacific Northwest weather, Erdmann finished 33:27 for the 10k race, only five seconds off her previous best, in the pouring rain and wind. Iowa State swept the race, with senior Lisa Koll leading the race finishing in 32:49 and teammate sophomore Betsy Saina finishing second in 33:13. Erdmann's sixth place overall finish made her the second finisher from the west coast with only senior Nicole Blood from the University of Oregon ahead of her, who finished third overall.
Erdmann ran her first 5k in 16:46 with the top pack all jostling trying and keep a good position for the second half of the race. Erdmann was able to hold her own amidst the competition and conditions as she continued to move up into 6th place throughout the second half of the race, running a negative split of 16:41 for her second 5k. As a freshman, Erdmann's personal best for the 5k was 16:47. Her performance yesterday at Nationals, running 16:46 and 16:41 5k splits for the 10k distance, is just evidence of her hard work, improvement and talent that has made her one of the top distance runners in the nation.
Erdmann said this about her race, "The race conditions were not ideal at all, the temperature dropped, it was raining throughout the entire race and to make things difficult the insoles of my shoes started to come out for the last eight laps! The first 5k was pretty comfortable, I just tried to relax as much as possible and wait for the laps to slowly chip away. The last 5k picked up quite a bit and people started moving up and I just put myself in the position to be top 8. The last 2 miles were difficult, we were not running slow by any means and the conditions made it harder, but it was an awesome experience and it was a really fun race!"
Head Coach Scott Guerrero said, "She really ran a perfect race. Very even splits, was patient and didn't get rattled even though there was a lot of pushing and shoving going on. Even when the rain started and the wind picked up, she was able to run a negative split for the second 5k moving steadily up in the pack to snag 6th place and All-American status. Considering the conditions of the race I think the fact that she ran so close to her PR is really incredible."
Tara Erdmann closed out a stellar Track season yesterday by earning All-American honors and finishing as one of the top distance athletes in the nation. This season Erdmann set four personal records, four school records, was ranked nationally in all four distance events throughout the season. Finally Erdmann closed out an already incredible season with a top six finish at Nationals as LMU's first ever female Track and Field All-American.
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