Hope College - Erin Herrmann Places 12th In Nation In 3,000 Meters At NCAA Indoor Nationals

Hope College - Erin Herrmann Places 12th In Nation In 3,000 Meters At NCAA Indoor Nationals

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Erin Herrmann went out fast and exceeded her own expectations at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The junior from Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS) placed 12th in the nation in the 3,000 meters on Saturday in Grinnell, Iowa.

Herrmann clocked a time of 10 minutes, 1.21 seconds to move up from her pre-meet seed of 17th. It was her first appearance at the NCAA indoor championships.

"I'm pretty excited about it," Herrmann said of her performance. "I did not know what to expect. I had high hopes, but realistic expectations. Just the fact I was able to beat my seed place was exciting. I'm proud of myself."

Herrmann nearly set a Hope indoor record during the first mile of the race by posting a run of 5:08. She was one second of the school record held by Sheri McCormack.

"Blistering fast," Hope assistant coach Mark Northuis said of Herrmann's start. "She did a very good job after that. She had to stay in it mentally."

Herrmann said she did not realize she was running so fast when she began the race.

She was just running with the front of the pack.

"The front of the pack started to pull ahead," Herrmann said. "I did my best to stay in it and not lot the girls that were behind me catch me. I just had to keep pushing. I didn't know where I was until I crossed the finish line."

Herrmann added to a growing resume. This fall, she earned All-America honors in cross country. She will compete in outdoor track & field this spring.

Northuis said Herrmann has made tremendous gains as a distance runner and put herself with the nation's elite.

"It started last track season when she was able to get on the national stage in the steeplechase," Northuis said. "She had great improvement over the fall.

"She beat women (today) who beat her last fall. She's moving up the pecking order. She's gaining confidence."

Herrmann thanked others for helping her excel as a distance runner.

"Coach Northuis was a huge part in that. I definitely could not have done it without him and his coaching," Herrmann said. "Having such a strong team helping me with training helped. I could not have done it without them."