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Erica Lersch
Erica  Lersch


Palm Harbor, Fla.

High School:
East Lake



Exercise Science and Health Promotion


Track and Field Concludes Stay in Birmingham

Next up for the Squad is a Trip to NYC


Track and Field Completes First Day of Opening Weekend

Jonsson Breaks School Record in 1,000 Meter Run


Track and Field Opens Indoor Season With Two Meets in Birmingham

Owls To Compete at UAB-Hosted Meets Friday and Saturday


Cross Country Runs at NCAA Regionals in Tuscaloosa

Meet Wraps Another Fall for Smolka's Squad


Seven Cross Country Runners Achieve New Bests at C-USA Championship

11 Owls Will Move on to NCAA South Regional

Personal Records:

  • 5K (XC): 20:11
  • 800m (indoor): 2:19.21
  • 800m (outdoor): 2:19.46
  • 1000m (indoor): 3:12.39
  • 1500m (outdoor): 4:52.57
  • 1 mile (indoor): 5:24.07
  • 3000m (indoor): 10:55.78

All-Time Program Top Showings:

  • Distance medley relay (indoor) - Carydaliz Fontanez, Sitia Martinez, Lersch and Mikaela Jonsson: 5th, 12:14.64
  • 4x800 meter relay (outdoor) - Mikaela Jonsson, Liz Wellman, Carydaliz Fontanez and Lersch: 2nd, 9:10.51

2016-17 (Sophomore) 
Cross Country:

  • Competed in two races in the fall
  • At the Invite, finished 21st in a time of 21:10 
  • Also ran at USF's XC Invitational, crossing at 21:19

Indoor T&F:

  • Set her best time in the mile at UAB's Blazer Invite (5:24.07)
  • Hovered around the same time in the 800 meters, setting her PR that was four seconds lowe than her freshman season, at the Sykes & Sabock Cup (2:19.21)
  • Also there, participated in the distance medley and helped to set the fifth-fastest mark in FAU history (12:14.64)
  • Ran the 800 and 3000 at the C-USA Indoor Championships. In the latter, her first ever, finished at 10:55.78, placing 12th overall

Outdoor T&F:

  • Continued to run a consistent time in the 800 meters, including a seventh-place finish at the Hurricane Invitational (2:22.69) 
  • Her outdoor season best was set at the UM Alumni Invitational (2:19.46), finishing 12th in the race
  • Competed in the 4x800 meter at the Florida Relays and was part of the second-fastest time in school history (9:10.51)
  • That same weekend, was the fourth collegian to finish the 1,500 meters at Embry-Riddle's Spike Classic (4:57.94)
  • Improved her time in that race to 4:52.57 for a PR at the Tom Jones Memorial

2015-16 (Freshman):
Cross Country:

  • In her debut at the FAU Collegiate Invitational, she claimed 26th in the 5K with a time of 22:23.2
  • Finished in 26th as well in the 5K at the UCF Cross Country Invitational with a final time of 20:16.1
  • Set a personal best in the 5K at the Disney XC Classic, finishing in a time of 20:11.2

Indoor T&F:

  • In the 800m – set a personal best at the 2016 C-USA Indoor Championships, finishing in 16th overall (2:23.73)
  • In the 1-mile – set a personal best at the 2016 C-USA Indoor Championships, finishing 24th overall (5:29.71)
  • In the 4,000m – set a personal best at the Emory CrossPlex Invitational with a final time of 12:28.83

High School:

  • Ran for Britt Taylor at East Lake High School
  • Holds the school record as part of the 4x800 meter relay (9:36.05)
  • Qualified for state competition in the 4x800m relay in 2014 and 2015


  • Majoring in exercise science and health promotion
  • Daughter of Michele and Greg Ferris
  • Enjoys running and going to the beach
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