Erdmann to Race at NCAA Nationals
Sophomore qualifies for 10,000m finals
June 3, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The final list of competitors for the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track National Championships were announced Tuesday and LMU's Tara Erdmann name was on it, earning a spot in the 10,000m to be contested June 10-13 in Fayetteville, AR. Erdmann is only the second female in LMU track history to qualify for the national championships and the first ever to qualify for two national championships in the same school year, having represented the Lions at the NCAA Cross Country Championships this past fall.
Erdmann (Tucson, AZ) qualified for the nationals in the 10,000m by virtue of her school-record time of 34:29.41 on May 2 at Peyton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford. That time was good enough for a provisional qualification for the NCAA Nationals. When the participants were announced Tuesday, 26 runners had been selected, with Erdmann's time putting her 23rd on the list.
"I am very happy for Tara. It has been a long season but she has worked hard and she deserves this," Head Coach Scott Guerrero said. "Her goal all season long has been to make it to the NCAA meet so it is fun to see her get there. It is also a bit of history for our program and something that she should be proud of."
Erdmann is the first LMU runner to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track National Championships since Laura Mickelson ran in the 5000m in 2006. Erdmann is also the first Lion to feature at the national level in the 10,000m. As a high schooler, she placed seventh in the mile at the 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals.
This will be the sophomore's first appearance at the national championships for track but not her first race at the national level. This past fall, she competed in the NCAA Cross Country National Championships, placing 78th out of 252 runners.
The 10,000m final will be contested at 8:55 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Thursday, June 11. Live results can be found here.
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