Fighting Irish Athletics | September 16, 2015
Molly Seidel admits to some expletives racing through her mind last June the moment it appeared her unlikely chance at making Notre Dame track history was literally racing away from her.
With only about 1,600 meters remaining in the 10,000-meter race at the NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Oregon the prohibitive favorite and defending event champion, Emma Bates of Boise State, busted from a pack of about 20 runners and opened a seemingly insurmountable 100-meter lead.
“When [Bates] first made that move it was kind of that moment of, ‘What is she doing?!’” Seidel recalled. “It was kind of a confusing moment because everybody on the track didn’t know how to respond to that. I just had to keep her in sight, keep a handle on it and wait for her to come back.”