Erdmann to Represent LMU at NCAA West Regional
Freshman Tara Erdmann will race in the 5000 meters on Friday, May 30 at the NCAA West Regional.
May 27, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Freshman Tara Erdmann will represent LMU in the 5000 meter run at the 2008 West Regional on Friday, May 30 at Cal State Northridge. 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, also earning her a LMU Student-Athlete of the Week selection for the week of April 9. With the selection, LMU track has now qualified an individual for the Regional in each of its three years of existence.
In addition to her success at the 5k distance, Erdmann, who was named LMU Female Freshman of the Year, qualified for the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships with 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.
Along with the 5k and 1500 times, Erdmann has also turned-in the top LMU mark this season in the 800 meter (2:16.27 at the Northridge Relays) and one mile (5:03 at the Cal State Northridge All-Comers) races.
"Tara has had a stellar freshman season for us," head coach Scott Guerrero said. "She definitely exceeded our expectations for her first year in the program. Earning a trip to the Regional meet as a freshman is a huge accomplishment and is another first for LMU."
The Tucson, Ariz. native earned West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and a first team All-WCC selection in cross country earlier this year. Erdmann placed fifth overall in a time of 21:26 to finish second for the Lions behind senior Laura Mickelson at the WCC Championship. The Freshman of the Year award was the first of its kind under Guerrero's tutelage, and the first in LMU cross country history.
The top-five runners at the West Regional on May 30 will advance to the national stage. Those races will be held in Des Moines, Iowa from June 11-14. "We are excited to watch Tara race, and our goal is a top-five finish and a berth in the national meet. No matter what the outcome this year, we know the future is bright for Tara, our team, and LMU as a whole," Guerrero said.
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