TUCSON CITIZEN: Humble Runner is a True Champion

May 21, 2007

The following feature by Geoff Grammer ran in the May 16th edition of the Tucson Citizen.

Tara Montana Erdmann still doesn't seem to realize it.

The 2007 Tucson Citizen Student-Athlete Award winner from Flowing Wells High School might be the last person to get the message: She's a phenomenal athlete and student.

"She doesn't realize how awesome she is," said Erdmann's understandably biased mother, Christene Haag. "She's very humble and she has always been like that, and I don't know why because she just amazes me every time I watch her run. I can't even believe she's my kid."

The often clouded eyes of a proud parent aren't deceiving Haag. Erdmann is one of the greatest athletes, if not one of the most decorated, to come out of the Tucson area. And with a 3.5 grade point average, the National Honor Society member isn't just running circles around her peers on the track.

Throw in her work as a volunteer - she has worked with the Foundation for Animals In Risk and has helped organize community races and sports camps - and it's apparent the Loyola Marymount University-bound Erdmann has quietly developed into a well-rounded young adult noticed by more than just a proud parent.

To read the entire feature, click here.





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