Erdmann: Taking on Eugene
With the Track and Field National Championships just around the corner, Tara Erdmann looks forward to the challenge of competing in the 10k in Eugene, OR.
June 5, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - There is no doubt that Junior Tara Erdmann has had a stellar track season. After red-shirting her Cross Country season, Erdmann is back on the track in true top form; this season she was already nationally ranked in four track distances, set four school records and four personal records. With such success Erdmann is looking to become LMU's first ever Track and Field All-American with a top eight finish in Eugene, Oregon at the Track and Field National Championships.
A Season Recap: Erdmann started off the spring with a brief indoor season with a couple 3000meters races at University of Washington. While she narrowly missed the national qualifying mark in such early season competition, she still set a school record for the 3000meters indoors and was ranked 20th nationally with 9:19 for the distance. Erdmann then went onto set three more school records and personal bests in all three premier distances on the track (1500m, 5k, 10k). Erdmann drew national attention at the Stanford Invitational when she finished in the top five for the 10k in 33:22. With this time, she was ranked in the top five in the nation and ninth in the world for her age group. Erdmann continued to prove that a little Lion from a small private university on the west coast was just as good as any of these top dogs. At the Mt. Sac relays in April, Erdmann broke 16minutes for the 5k in a stellar 15:55 again receiving a top national ranking. Even in the shorter distance of the 1500m, Erdmann set records with a 4:24.54. Overall this season Erdmann's dedication to the sport has earned her success not only personally, but also on a national level. A trip up the Eugene Oregon for the National Championships only continues Erdmann's incredible success and could make her LMU's first Track and Field All-American.
Catching Up with Tara Erdmann:
What are you goals or expectations going to Nationals now for a second year in a row? My goals going into this year's Nationals meet it to gain All-American honors. At Nationals- there is no time goal, it's all about how high you can place.
How did your race at Regionals feel / set you up for nationals? My regionals race felt really easy and relaxed throughout all 25 laps. There was never a moment when I felt that I was struggling or trying to keep up with the pack. I was just "sitting" in 7th place for a while waiting for the last mile or so when I knew that the pace would pick up and separate the field.
Talk about racing in Eugene OR, you have been up there before, what is it like? I really like racing in Eugene- the fans are great and I have never ran in a city where so many people from the community go to watch a track meet. I guess that's why they call it TRACK TOWN, USA!
It takes a lot of dedication and perseverance to keep training after school is out and the rest of the team is finished with their seasons, what has helped you stay motivated? It is hard training on your own after everyone has finished their season because it is easy to say that it would be nice to just take a break and get ready for the cross season, but running and competing is what I love. The reward in the end is what keeps me training day in and day out. This year I was thankful to be able to bring two of my teammates to regionals with me to compete in the 5k and 10k and they were on campus doing workouts with me, so I have not been alone through this whole thing.
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