Erdmann Finishes 3rd at NCAA Pre-Nationals as Lions Run in Indiana
Redshirt senior continues impressive season with a strong run in Terre Haute
Oct. 16, 2011
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Redshirt senior Tara Erdmann followed up her 4th place finish at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational last year with a 3rd place finish this year. Erdmann ran the 6k race in 20:41 to pace the Lions' women at the LaVerne Gibson Championship Cross Country course, hosted by Indiana State University. Junior Sterling Lockert finished with a time of 25:47, more than six seconds faster than his time last year, to lead the LMU men.
Erdmann finished at a pace of 3:27 per kilometer, only four seconds behind the individual winner Risper Kimaiyo of UTEP. Erdmann's finish was the best time for a competitor from the West region. Senior Brieanna Delaney was second to cross the finish line for the Lions as she finished in 22:35 and 107th overall. Next for LMU was junior Caroline Draper who came in 153rd overall with a time of 23:15. She was followed by freshman Aeoleone Bristow with a 185th overall finish in 23:42. Sophomore Michelle Hickerson rounded out the Lions' top five by finishing 195th in 23:45. The LMU women finished 21st overall out of 37 teams with an average time of 22:47. The Lions finished ahead of host Indiana State and UTEP, who was lead by overall individual winner, Kimaiyo.
For the men, sophomore Weston Strum had a time of 26:02 to finish 138th overall. Fellow sophomore Drew Dalton came in 166th in 26:20. Junior Tyre Johnson finished in 26:51 to place 214th, followed by redshirt senior Connor Pastoor who crossed at 27:08 for a 237th place finish. The men finished in 30th place with an average time of 26:24.
Next up for the Lions is the Titan Invitational at Cal State Fullerton. The meet will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct 21.
Check back at LMULions.com for coverage of Lions Cross Country and a preview of the Titan Invitational.
CENTENNIAL SEASON: LMU is celebrating its Centennial in 2011-12 and athletics will honor the anniversary all season long. LMUat100 will feature a Centennial Game for each of the varsity programs. Up next are the Centennial Races for Cross Country at the WCC Championships and for Men's Crew versus UCLA, both to be held Saturday, Oct. 29. LMULions.com will feature stories of the rich history of each program in honor of the university's centennial.