Teschuk to Race in Final NCAA Championships this Week

FARGO, N.D. (NDSU ATHLETICS) -- North Dakota State standout distance runner Erin Teschuk will close her collegiate track & field career at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on June 8-11.

The national semifinals of the 3,000m steeplechase are scheduled for 7:02 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, June 9, and the national final will race at 5:54 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, June 11.

Erin Teschuk – 3,000m Steeplechase

Semifinal: Thursday, June 9
7:02 p.m. (CT) / 5:02 p.m. (PT)
Final: Saturday, June 11
5:54 p.m. (CT) / 3:54 p.m. (PT)
NCAA Rank: 19th
Personal Best: 9:40.07
Season Best: 10:02.26
NDSU All-Time Rank: 1st

Live Broadcast Schedule (CT)
Wednesday, June 8 6:30-7:30 p.m. (ESPNU or ESPN2*)
7:30-10 p.m. (ESPN2 or ESPN*)
Thursday, June 9 6:30-7 p.m. (ESPNU)
7-9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, June 10 7:30-10 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, June 11 5:30-8 p.m. (ESPN)

* Channel dependent on Women’s College World Series potential Game 3.
Each FULL day will also be available on WatchESPN / ESPN3.

Competition Format
Twenty-four women and relay teams qualified to the NCAA Outdoor Championships through the NCAA Preliminary Rounds format. In the steeplechase, two rounds will be contested, a semifinal and a final. The semifinal will consist of two heats with 12 competitors in each. The top five from each heat plus the next two fastest times (12 total) will advance to the final.

All-America Honors
The top eight finishers in all events will earn first team All-American honors, places 9 through 16 will be named second team All-Americans, and all other national meet competitors will receive honorable mention All-American status.

Top Placer
Laura Hermanson is the highest national-meet finisher in NDSU’s Division I history, taking second place in the 800 meters at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Last Year
Teschuk placed fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the steeplechase last year, running a then-personal best 9:42.15. Courtney Frerichs of New Mexico, the national leader in the event, is the lone returning athlete who finished in front of Teschuk last season.

Only Two Steeplechase Races
Teschuk has only run two 3,000m steeplechase races this season, competing in the event at the Summit League Outdoor Championships on May 13 and at the NCAA West Prelims on May 27.

Six-Time All-American
Teschuk owns six first-team All-America honors in her career – four indoor, one outdoor and one in cross country. Her highest national-meet finish came in the indoor 3,000m this year when she took fourth place.

Academic All-District
Teschuk was a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree for the 2015-16 season. She owns a 3.72 cumulative grade point average with a major in psychology.

Representing Canada
Teschuk’s personal-best time of 9:40.07 in the steeplechase came last August at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, as she represented her native Canada. That performance was well under the Olympic qualifying standard of 9:45.00.

Triple Crown
Teschuk is the lone Bison woman to ever qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track – and she has now qualified twice for each.

Up Next
Teschuk is scheduled to race the steeplechase at the Canadian Olympic Trials in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, July 8.