Erdmann Receives All-Academic Honor
Redshirt-senior receives academic honor from USTFCCCA.
Feb. 9, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Tara Erdmann was named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team for the 2011 cross-country season. This past fall she finished 10th at the NCAA Women's Cross Country National Championships, earning Tara her sixth All-American honor. Erdmann, a graduate student majoring in education, has a 4.0 grade point average.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2011.
The Tucson, Ariz. native was also named to the West Coast Conference (WCC) All-Academic first team. Erdmann had the highest GPA of any student-athlete on the team. In addition to her academic accomplishments in the fall, Tara had a record-breaking final collegiate cross-country season.
Erdmann concluded her LMU cross-country career by running a personal-best time of 19:51.3 at the NCAA National Championships. She finished 10th overall in a field of 254 of the nation's best runners, only 10 seconds behind the overall winner. Earlier in the month of November, Tara finished third at the NCAA West Regionals with a time of 19:53, trailing the lead by only 9 seconds. It was Erdmann's first sub-20 finish in a 6k cross-country race.
Tara concluded the month of October by becoming the first person in WCC history to win three individual conference titles. She ran a course-record setting time of 20:01 at the conference championship course in Belmont, Calif. Erdmann also finished third overall at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. earlier in the month.
Erdmann began the season with a course-record setting win at the UC Riverside Invitational and 3rd place finish at the Stanford Invitational. She concluded her cross-country career with two cross-country All-American honors (in addition to her four track All-American honors), three WCC championships, the WCC championship course record, All-WCC Academic honors, and multiple LMU and course record times, while improving her personal-best time in each of her final three races, running her fastest time in her final race.
With the conclusion of cross-country season, the focus now turns to the indoor and outdoor tracks. LMU's spring track season begins this week with two meets. During halftime of tonight's LMU-University of Portland men's basketball game, Drew Dalton will run in the "West Coast All-Star Mile" held in the same arena as the basketball game, the Chiles Center, at approximately 9:00 p.m. Erdmann will be competing at the Flotrack Husky Classic this Saturday, Feb. 11 in the Dempsey Indoor Track at the University of Washington. Tara will run in the 3000m in her quest to earn a spot at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. The invitational section of the women's 3k is scheduled to begin at 4:35 p.m. but the time is subject to change based on entries.
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