I thought it was going to be tough for somebody to top what Laura Hermanson did for the North Dakota State track and field program, and the heights in the sport that she reached. It was in 2009 when she finished runnerup in the 800 meters in the Division I Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., and qualified for the U.S.Olympic Track and Field Trials. It culminated quite the year for a Bison overall athletic department that was in its first year of postseason eligibility. The NDSU men’s basketball team had just reached the NCAA tournament for the first time.
But look out for Erin Teschuk. On Saturday, she’ll be competing in the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games in New York City. For the track and field geek, the Wanamaker Mile is a cultural icon of an event that yearly comprises a very elite field. This year’s lineup includes the American record holder in the 1,500 as well as multiple NCAA champions. Last year, Teschuk finished fifth in the NCAA Indoor Championships in the mile and is currently ranked fourth in the country this season. The ascension in her Bison career from a recruit with potential from Winnipeg to one of the country’s top runners is astounding.
She is certainly in the conversation as one of the all-time greatest athletes at the school and she still has an indoor and outdoor season to go.
The Wanamaker Mile is scheduled for 4:24 CST and will be televised by NBC Sports Network. The field is mostly professionals with the exception of Teschuk and a runner from the University of Arkansas. Fargo South and University of Oregon graduate Laura Roesler, running for Nike, is competing in the 800 meters.
“What an opportunity to race against some of the best runners in the country,” Teschuk said. “It’s what I”m looking forward to, being in a race that I know will be running fast.”