Hope - Erin Herrmann Runs Her Way Back Into NCAA Steeplechase Final

Hope - Erin Herrmann Runs Her Way Back Into NCAA Steeplechase Final

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Top-seeded Erin Herrmann cruised into her second national final for the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Thursday with a qualifying performance during preliminaries at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

The Hope College senior from Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton-Warrenville South) finished fourth in her heat at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 10 minutes, 51.76 seconds.

The top five finishers in each of two heats advanced to the finals along with the next four fastest runners.

Herrmann recorded the seventh-fastest preliminary time among 22 entrants.

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MIT freshman Jenna Melanson placed first in preliminaries with a run of 10:44.81. She won Herrmann's heat.

Saturday's women's steeplechase final is 11:30 a.m.

Herrmann also will run in Saturday's 5,000-meter final at 3 p.m. She is seeded 18th with a time of 17:03.5.

Herrmann owns the nation's fastest time in the steeplechase at 10:27.23 at the Hillsdale College Gina Relays on April 29.

This is Herrmann's third trip to outdoor nationals. Herrmann has qualified for outdoor nationals for the third time in her career. She was national runner-up in the steeplechase last season and finished 18th as a sophomore.

Earlier this school year, Herrmann placed fourth in the nation at the Division III cross country championships and ninth in the 3,000 meters at the Division III indoor track & field championships.