Tony Jones | July 11, 2016
At the conclusion of more than one week of competition that spanned two different countries, a pair of past University of Notre Dame track & field All-Americans officially qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. A 10-time NCAA All-American at Notre Dame, Molly Huddle('06) earned a second straight United States Olympic Team bid by sweeping the 5,000 and 10,000-meter run championship finals, while 11-time All-American Margaret Bamgbose ('16) claimed an Olympic slot in the 400m dash running for Nigeria.
All told, each of the eight track athletes with ties to Notre Dame that took part in both the U.S. and Nigeria Olympic Trials reached the semifinals of their primary events, including four finals berths. Mary Saxer ('09) joined Huddle and Bamgbose as an event finalist in the women's pole vault at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
Huddle officially punched her ticket to the Rio Olympics by winning the women's 10,000m final on July 2, running the third-fastest U.S. time of 2016 in the 10,000m with her victorious heat of 31:41.62. It was her second straight national championship in the 10,000m, following a final run of 31:39.20 at the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships.