March 9, 2012
LOS ANGELES – This Saturday will prove to be another eventful day for LMU Track. Redshirt-senior Tara Erdmann will make her eighth attempt at a national championship as she runs in the women’s 3000 meter race in Nampa, Idaho at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Prior to Erdmann’s race, the LMU Track will run outdoors at Cal State Fullerton in the Ben Brown Invitational.
This Week: 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Host: Boise State University
Location: Nampa, Idaho
Venue: Jacksons Track at the Idaho Center
Date: Saturday, Mar. 10
Time: 7:10 p.m. (PT): Women’s 3000m
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ERDMANN LAST YEAR AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tara Erdmann earned her third All-American honor last year, placing 8th in the NCAA Indoor Track 3000m Championship race. Erdmann placed in the top ten in the nation in the indoor 3k race against some of the toughest competition in the nation, once again representing LMU with flying colors and setting records along the way.
Erdmann's eighth-place finish earned her top accolades in her third official sport for LMU on a national level. Erdmann ran 9:22 for the 3000m indoors. Jordan Hasay of Oregon won the race in 9:13.71, Sheila Reid of Villanova took second in 9:13.86 and Lucy Van Dalen of Stony Brook took third in 9:14.
Erdmann had only raced in two indoor track races last year before the National Championships. In the two races, Erdmann tied her previous personal-record, and then broke it by over five seconds, setting a new school record and qualifying for the National Championships.
GIVING HER BEST WHEN IT COUNTS
Erdmann ran a 9:08.85 in the 3000 meters at the UW Final Qualifier last Saturday to automatically qualify for this year’s NCAA National Championships.
Her time of 9:08.85 was her personal record in the 3000m. She posted the second-fastest finish in the 3000m at the meet, trailing Aisling Cuffe of Stanford who eclipsed the meet record by only 1.06 seconds. Erdmann finished over a second below the NCAA automatic qualifying time of 9:10. She beat her time of previous best time, set a month ago at the Dempsey Indoor Track, by nearly four seconds. Erdmann was one of only three automatic qualifiers in nation who competed in "Last Chance" qualifiers last weekend.
Tara has a record of performing her best during her biggest races. When she needed to shave two seconds off of her time to qualify for the Indoor Track National Championships, she shaved four. In cross country, Erdmann improved her personal-best time in the 6k in each of her final three races, resulting in a record third West Coast Conference individual title and concluding with her personal record time at the National Championships, earning her All-American status.
HER LEGEND GROWS
The Tucson, Ariz. native is a six time All-American in three different sports (indoor track, outdoor track and cross country). She has four track All-American honors and two cross-country All-American honors, a record three West Coast Conference individual cross-country titles, the WCC championship cross-country course record, All-WCC Academic honors, was named LMU Female Athlete of the Year, and holds multiple LMU and course record times in both track and cross country.
ABOUT JACKSONS TRACK AT THE IDAHO CENTER
Jacksons Track at the Idaho Center will host its first NCAA Championship event this year, playing host to the 2012 Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. The facility is located next to the Idaho Center on the east side of Nampa, and about a 20-minute drive from the main Boise State campus. The track is 200-meters long and includes six banked lanes on the oval and an eight lane straight track located in the middle. The track has a Mondo surface which is required by the NCAA and USA Track and Field for sanctioned championship meets.
FOLLOW TARA’S PURSUIT OF A NATIONAL TITLE
Live video streaming of the meet, provided by ESPN3.com (limited availability), can be accessed here. A tape-delayed broadcast of the meet will be shown on ESPNU, Sunday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m. (PT), with repeat broadcasts scheduled for Monday, March 19 and 8:00 a.m. (PT) and 3:00 p.m. (PT).
This Week: Ben Brown Invitational
Host: Cal State Fullerton
Location: Brea, Calif.
Venue: Titan Track Complex
Date: Saturday, Mar. 10
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
LAST YEAR AT THE BEN BROWN INVITATIONAL
The Lions set many personal records, with eight freshmen competing in a distance race for the first time and seven personal records set across the boards. The men were highlighted by an overall win from Weston Strum and the women saw a second place finish and personal best from Sheree Shea.
In the 5000m, the men were led by a win from Weston Strum. Strum earned his second straight first-place finish, winning the B heat in 14:36. This fete put Strum second in LMU's All-Time record book in his first collegiate 5k on the track and only four seconds off the school record. Tyre Johnson also had a stellar performance running 14:51 for the 5k. Johnson shattered his personal best from his freshman season by over 30 seconds recording a 14:51 finish. This finish puts Tyre as 7th all-time in LMU's records. Both Strum and Johnson also joined the elite of LMU track history who have broke fifteen minutes for the 5k on the track. Also in the 5000m B heat, Connor Pastoor ran 15:21, while Sterling Lockert recorded a 15:26. In the next heat, Drew Dalton finished in 16:01 in his first 5k on the track while Phillip Benavides ran 15:52 and Henry Jordan also competed in his first collegiate 5k on the track in 16:09. Finally Michael Carlone competed in the steeplechase for the Lions placing 8th overall in 10:32 for the 3000m distance.
In the 1500 meter for the men, Greg Innes placed 5th overall in the first heat with a time of 3:57. The time was only two seconds off his personal best at this distance. Oran Arms came in at 4:06 placing 14th while Mike Evans and Dan Smith both recorded their first 1500m on the track running 4:10 and 4:18 respectively.
The LMU women were highlighted by Sheree Shea. In the A heat of the 5k, sophomore Sheree Shea placed second in 16:45. In her first 5k on the track, Shea broke her personal record by over five seconds. Brieanna Delaney placed 17:39 placing 18th overall in the top heat of the night. Delaney's 17:39 is less than four seconds off her personal best for the 5k in a tough and competitive heat. In the 5000m B heat, Jessica Mumuagh placed 2nd running 17:41 for an all time personal best. Teammate Caroline Draper ran a 17:53 placing 7th, this finish is only one second off her personal best from her freshman season. Brittnie Munoz placed 11th in 18:01 behind Mumaugh and Draper just missing the 18 minute barrier in her first collegiate 5k on the track.
In the women's 1500m, Cynthia Chaidez placed 6th in the second heat with a 4:53 finish. In her first 1500 meter race, Kelly Shogren placed 10th with a 4:58 while teammate Shea Franklin placed 17th with a 5:12. In the third heat, Laura Delgado placed 6th overall with a 5:07.
NEW PR’S IN NORWALK
Brittnie Munoz finished first for the Lions with a time of 4:45.32, placing fifth overall in the women's 1500 meter race. Munoz set a new personal record by more than a second. Caroline Draper and Brieanna Delaney followed close behind, finishing 13th and 14th overall, with times of 4:53.49 and 4:53.81. Sophomore Kelly Shogren crossed 18th in 4:55.96, her personal-best. Cassandra Salazar ran a 4:56.52 for 20th place. Freshman Aeoleone Bristow, running in her first collegiate outdoor track race, finished with a time of 4:58.12, 22nd overall.
In the men's 1500m, Drew Dalton continued his great performances this season with a fourth-place finish. Dalton crossed the finish line in 3:53.95. Close behind was Tyre Johnson who ran a 3:59.62, ending up in seventh place. Senior Oran Arms came in 17th in 4:03.35. Kevin Joerger and Henry Jordan finished 25th and 26th in times of 4:06.92 amd 4:06.95. Jordan's time was a new personal record. Joerger and Jordan were followed by Sterling Lockert who ran in 4:10.82 for 37th and Michael Carlone in 4:11.12 for 38th.
ABOUT THE TITAN TRACK COMPLEX
Home of the Cal Sate Fullerton’s men’s and women’s track and field teams. The track itself received a long overdue facelift in 2008, complete with a new surface, freshly painted lines and a new drainage system.