Megan Golden | October 18, 2016
Just months after winning her fourth NCAA Championship, Molly Seidel today announced she plans to return to Notre Dame for her final year of eligibility. Seidel, the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year, will return to campus to compete during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.
Seidel (Hartland, Wisconsin/University Lake School), who graduated in the spring of 2016 with a degree in anthropology, spent the past several months in Flagstaff, Arizona, reflecting on her time at Notre Dame. Throughout her high-elevation training, conversations with some of the country’s most elite runners and many phone calls to Irish associate head coach Matt Sparks, Seidel concluded her four championships are not enough.
“Molly’s decision to return speaks volumes for the passion she feels for Notre Dame,” Sparks said. “She had the opportunity to forego her final seasons of eligibility to make a good living as a professional runner. She will still be able to live out her dream as a professional athlete, but she feels like she has unfinished business left at the college level.”