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10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 19, 2004

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THE MADNESCONTNUS ES...

Yesterday's NCAA Tournament action saw a 43-point scorer, the annual No. 5-
No. 12 upset and several high-ranked teams surviving scares from double-digit
seeds. With half of the first-round games still left, Daily basketball writer Daniel
Bremmer takes a look at what's ahead today:

ATLANTA RE=.ION
No. 5 Illinois vs. No. 12 Murray State
12:25 p.m. - Columbus, Ohio
The Illini won the Big Ten and were runners up
in the conference tournament. Their reward: a
No. 5 seed. Dee Brown and company will prove
they were under-seeded with an easy win.

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No. 3 Georgia Tech vs. No. 14 Northern Iowa
2:50 p.m. - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The fact that you probably can't name one player
on Northern Iowa doesn't bode well for the Pan-
thers' chances. Georgia Tech managed a 9-7
record in a ridiculously tough ACC conference.
PIHIOE NIX REGION

No. 3 N.C. State vs. No. 14 La.-Lafayette
12:15 p.m. - Orlando, Florida
N.C. State probably didn't earn a No. 3 seed, and with
a name like the Ragin' Cajuns, Louisiana-Lafayette
probably deserves a win. Don't count on it, unless the
Cajuns can stop the Wolfpack leader Julius Hodge.

M WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Erdman always enjoys lending helping hand

By Chastity Rolling
For the Daily

A world of music
in the palm of your hand.

Last year, senior Rachel Sturtz
took freshman Katie Erdman under
her wing. Before she graduated,
Sturtz broke the 800-meter record
that dated back to 1994. And last
week, the student became the
teacher as Erdman broke Strutz's
record, making a legacy of her own.
"I knew I had done all the cor-
rect things to prepare myself for
national competition," Erdman
said. "So it was really just a matter
of relaxing and letting myself run
like I know I am capable of."
And when she does what she's

capable of, the results are impres-
sive. In this year's indoor season,
Erdman earned All-America honors
in two events, the 800-meter and
distance medley. She is the two-
time Big Ten 600-meters champion,
and she was the 2003 Big Ten
Indoor Freshman of the Year. Erd-
man also holds the Michigan record
in the both the 600- (1:29.57) and
the 800-meter (2:04.41) races.
In addition to her athletic
achievements, Erdman wants to
motivate future runners, just as
Sturtz helped her last year.
"Katie possesses the elements
that every coaching staff wants -
good athletes that are good people,"

associate head coach Mike McGuire
said. "She has a genuine interest in
the whole team and is involved in
recruiting for next year. Her times
have caught the interest of
(prospective student athletes), and
when they talk to her, they realize
that she's an overall good person."
Erdman hopes to influence peo-
ple for years to come. While at
Michigan, she plans on doing a
double concentration in English
and Spanish and obtaining a sec-
ondary teaching certificate. She
also would not mind coaching for a
few years. Even though Erdman
enjoys helping others, her competi-
tive fire has her ready for the out-
door season.
"I can't wait for the change in
scenery and maintaining the quality
of my training," Erdman said. "If I
work hard in practice, it will result
in some good races. I look forward

to how competitive we will be as a
team."
Always a student of her sport,
Erdman sees every race as a learn-
ing experience.
"Races are chances to see how
your training is progressing and to
note what you need to work on, and
that is how I approach them," Erd-
man said. "It is very rewarding to
see all the hard work pay off."
Mid-distance training includes
endurance-building techniques
besides running, such as weightlift-
ing. Runners also have to eat
healthy and drink a lot of water.
"Katie's training has made her
stronger," McGuire said. "She has a
God-given talent. She has stayed
healthy during her off-season -
she sets a good example in distance
and mid-distance group. We have
never had a mid-distance runner
with so much more potential."

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