Still Going

Tara Erdmann will run in the 5000m at the NCAA West Regional on Friday. (Photo by Jeff Golden)

May 28, 2009

Los Angeles - The book is yet to close on the 2008-09 sports seasons as one LMU student-athlete continues to compete well into late May and early June. Sophomore Tara Erdmann will carry the torch for the Lions this weekend as she competes at the NCAA West Region meet in Eugene, OR. Erdmann has qualified for the regional meet in the 5000m and will look to finish among the top five and advance to the NCAA National Championships, to be held in Fayetteville, AR on June 10.

Erdmann (Tucson, AZ) is one of 28 women who will be racing in the 5000m on Friday at 7:10 p.m. The top five finishers from Friday's race will automatically qualify for the NCAA National Meet while the times of the next seven finishers (places 6-12) will be submitted into a national "at-large" pool, from which the fastest times from the four regional meets will be selected to complete the entrants for the nationals. Erdmann's fastest time this year, 16:27.48, was the 13th-fastest in the region.

In addition to her attempt at qualifying for the nationals in the 5000m, Erdmann also has the opportunity to gain entrance into the national field for the 10,000m, even though that event will not be featured at the regional meet. According to the NCAA qualification standards, any female athlete who runs sub-33:30 in the event will automatically qualify for the national field. Additionally, anyone who runs a sub-35:00 is a provisional qualifier. Only four women thus far have reached the automatic qualifier time while Erdmann is 27th on the provisional qualifier list, having run 34:29.1 earlier this year. Historically, the NCAA takes the top-27 times nationally for the 10,000m race.

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