Jason Kelly '95 | May 16, 2016
Editor’s note: Molly Seidel had won two national championships before this article for Notre Dame Magazine’s Spring issue went to press. Now, she has four.
Molly Seidel came to college cursed. Not that the Notre Dame senior ever believed a jinx controlled her destiny, but anyone less dogged in pursuit of improvement — which must include pretty much everyone else — might have started to question fate.
The Hartland, Wisconsin, resident was saddled with the Foot Locker high school cross-country national championship. No female winner of that title had ever become the NCAA cross-country champion. Hence the curse, a superstition she never entertained even as illness and injury knocked her far back in the national pack.