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Erdmann Adds 5,000-Meter to Olympic Trial Qualifications

Tara Erdmann has now qualified for the Olympic trials in the 10,000 and 5,000 meters.
Tara Erdmann has now qualified for the Olympic trials in the 10,000 and 5,000 meters.

June 13, 2012

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Former Lion Tara Erdmann added a second event to her Olympic qualifications last weekend, lowering her 5,000-meter personal-best time to 15:33.92 on Saturday at the Portland Track Festival. That time, which placed third overall in the race, bested the Olympic Trials `A' standard of 15:35.0 and automatically qualified her for the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. later this month.

Erdmann previously qualified for the 10,000-meter race by winning the elite section of the Stanford Invitational on April 6 while setting a new personal-record and running the fastest 10k time in the U.S. at 32:31.15. Erdmann led 14 women with times under 33 minutes.

The native of Tucson, Ariz. is currently ranked 10th in the United States in the 10,000-meter, and 18th in the 5000. A seven-time All-American while at LMU, Erdmann plans to run both events at the U.S. Olympic Trials beginning with the 10k on Friday, June 22. After two days of rest, Erdmann will return to the track to race in the 5k on June 25.

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