Erdmann Qualifies for National Championships

Nov. 13, 2010

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Earlier this morning the LMU Cross Country team ran at NCAA West Regionals in Eugene, Oregon. Redshirt junior Tara Erdmann placed 4th individually to qualify for the NCAA National Cross Country Championships while sophomore Sheree Shea also had a standout performance placing 14th overall. The women placed 12th overall as a team while the men placed 20th.

For the women, LMU star Tara Erdmann once again had a stellar performance, placing 4th overall individually in 20:11. This performance qualifies her for the NCAA national championships in Terre Haute, Indiana November 22nd. Erdmann's grueling 5:25 mile pace gave her a personal best and new school record for LMU in the 6k of 20:11 breaking her previous best of 20:20 by almost ten seconds. This will be Erdmann's fourth national championship appearance, as she qualified for the Cross Country national championships as a sophomore in 2008 and for the Track and Field National Championships in 2009 and 2010. Most recently Erdmann became and All-American this past spring in Track for the 10k and will be gunning for another top finish at NCAA National Championships in Cross Country in less than two weeks. This morning, Erdmann finished the 6k course in 20:11 behind Hasay of Oregon who won the race in 20:01, Deborah Maier of Cal in 20:06 and Alex Kosinski of Oregon in 20:09.

Sophomore teammate Sheree Shea also had a standout performance placing 14th overall in 20:30. Shea shattered her previous 6k record of 20:47, which she ran just two weeks ago at the West Coast Conference Championships, by over fifteen seconds and just continues to improve. Shea will have to wait to find out if she qualified for nationals as an individual, however in the meantime Shea has the satisfaction of a top fifteen finish in one of the toughest regions in the nation and a personal best for the 6k in 20:30 which puts her third all-time at LMU.

As a team the Lady Lions just missed the top ten placing 12th overall. Junior Brieanna Delaney came through as the Lions number three runner, placing 105th overall in 21:59. Close in tow freshman Brittnie Munoz came in 109th overall in 22:06 putting four across the line for the Lions in the top half of the race. Freshman Alyssa Bellia had a strong race and rounded out the Lions top scoring five in 22:11 placing 121st overall. Also for the Lions, senior Cynthia Chaidez placed 147th in 22:28 while Jessica Mumaugh placed 214th overall in 22:38 to round out the Lion's top seven.

The men were led by freshman standout Weston Strum who placed 75th overall in 31:28 for the 10k distance. This performance puts Strum 5th all time for LMU in the 10k only as a freshman. Tyre Johnson came in next for the Lions with a strong race to finish out his season in 31:42 placing 96th overall. This performance was a personal best for Johnson by over a minute in the 10k; previously he had run 32:43 and broke 32 minutes for the first time in his career with his strong performance this morning. Sophomore Sterling Lockert was close behind Johnson in 31:59 placing 112th overall as the Lion's number three runner. This time is an improvement for Lockert on this course as last year he ran 32:13 as a freshman on the same course. Freshman Drew Dalton placed 126th as the Lions number four runner while Connor Pastoor rounded out the scoring top five in 32:15 placing 130th overall. Sophomore Greg Innes came in 155th place in 32:56. Also for the Lions Phillip Benavides placed 159th in 33:23.

Overall it was a day of tough competition for the Lions. On the men's side, Oregon edged out Stanford by just two points to take the team title in 63 total points while Stanford scored 65. Cal came in third in 78 points while WCC rivals Portland came in 4th, Arizona State 5th, Washington 6th, Boise State 7th, UCLA 8th, UC Davis 9th and Long Beach 10th. For the women, Washington took the team title in 73 points over Oregon in 77 points, and Stanford in 86 points. Arizona took 4th, Cal 5th, UCSB 6th, San Francisco 7th, Cal Poly 8th, Portland 9th and UCLA 10th.




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