Fighting Irish Athletics | June 12, 2015
Junior Molly Seidel won Notre Dame's first ever individual national championship in Women's Track & Field yesterday.
The Irish junior, among the top five in the pack throughout the course of Thursday's 10,000 meter title race at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, saw defending champion Emma Bates of Boise State kick into high gear at the 1,600-meter mark, breaking away from the pack that had stayed largely close-knit throughout the run's first five miles.
"I can't even describe what that means knowing that [it's the first national championship in school history]," Seidel said. "It's such an incredible honor. You hear of [10-time cross country and track All-American] Molly Huddle ['07], and she's one of my biggest heroes and you look up to those people so much [who came before]. I really still can't quite believe it. Hopefully this can help inspire other runners who are coming up through to help take us to that national caliber level that we're looking for."