Erdmann Earns Second WCC Player of the Month Honors
LMU's Tara Erdmann earns back-to-back player of the month honors
Dec. 3, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Redshirt Junior, Tara Erdmann earns her second WCC player of the month honor this fall, earning back-to-back honors for October and November from the conference. Erdmann's performances at NCAA West Regionals and NCAA National Championships in November set her apart as one of the best runners in the nation and in the West Coast Conference.
On November 13th Erdmann recorded a 4th place finish at NCAA West Regionals in Eugene, Oregon qualifying her for the NCAA Cross Country National Championships on November 22nd. In Terre Haute, Erdmann earned her second All-American honor becoming LMU's first NCAA Cross Country All-American. Erdmann placed 25th overall at the NCAA D.1 Cross Country National Championships in 20:39.9 for the 6k course. This stellar finish was 3rd from the west region and gives Erdmann her second All-American honor and four national championship appearances in her career at LMU.
After becoming an All-American in Track this past spring in the 10k, Erdmann went on to have a stellar Cross Country season. Out of the gates, Erdmann won her first race at the UC Riverside Invitational in 16:45 for the 5k course. Erdmann then went on to place 4th at the Stanford Invitational in 20:44 for the 6k in a competitive field. Here she faced some of the top regional competition from Stanford, Cal and UCLA; Kathy Kroeger of Stanford won the Stanford Invitational, however Erdmann came back to edge her out at NCAA West Regional Championship later in the season. From Stanford, Erdmann stayed with the number four, placing fourth at NCAA Pre-Nationals in 20:27 in Indiana. Here Erdmann was the second west coast finisher in her race only finishing behind Deborah Maier of Cal and recorded another top five finish in one of the biggest races in the nation. Coming back to the west coast Erdmann set her sights on the WCC Championship. Erdmann, who had won the individual title as a sophomore, came out that Saturday morning with guns blazing setting a grueling pace over the hilly 6k course. With another individual WCC Championship title, she not only became one of only two females in WCC history to win two individual titles, but Erdmann also set the course record by over 10 seconds in 20:20. After conference, it was off to Eugene, Oregon for NCAA West Regionals where Erdmann finished fourth overall in 20:11 behind Hassay, Maier, and Kosinski. With this finish, Erdmann qualified for her fourth NCAA National Championship appearance.
In a competitively loaded field of national caliber runners, Erdmann has time and time again put LMU and the West Coast Conference on the map. With Erdmann's finish at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships, Erdmann becomes LMU's first NCAA All-American in Cross Country and solidifies her as LMU's most lauded runner in school history. Previously LMU's only other individual Cross Country All-American honor was held by Terese Kozlowski in 1980 under the AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) athletics organization.
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