Molly Seidel

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Molly Seidel
Molly Seidel (cropped).jpg
Seidel in 2018
Personal information
Birth nameMolly Elizabeth Seidel
Born (1994-07-12) July 12, 1994 (age 25)
Brookfield, Wisconsin
ResidenceBoston, Massachusetts
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight107 lb (49 kg)
Sport
Country United States
SportTrack, long-distance running
Event(s)5000 m, 10,000 m, Half marathon, Marathon
College teamNotre Dame Fighting Irish
ClubSaucony
Turned pro2017
Coached byTim Broe 17-19
Jon Green 2019-Present[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Molly Seidel (born July 12, 1994) is an American long distance runner. In her first-ever marathon,[3] Seidel placed second at the 2020 U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials, securing a spot on the US team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She represented the United States at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country in 2012, 2013 & 2018. [4]

Early life and education[edit]

Seidel grew up in Hartland, Wisconsin and attended University Lake School alongside her brother Fritz and sister Isabel. Molly won Gatorade National Female Cross Country Runner of the Year. She also was named Gatorade Wisconsin Female Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2011. Seidel won the 2011 national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, breaking the tape in 17:22.[5] Seidel won Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association cross country, 1600m and 3200m titles at the state meet all four years totaling 12 titles. Seidel earned New Balance Indoor Nationals mile and two-mile All-American honors in 2011. Molly was invited to the Bupa Great Edinburgh International Challenge in Scotland where she placed third (15:16) in the 4K and was the first USA high school finisher.[6]

NCAA[edit]

Molly Seidel graduated from University of Notre Dame in 2016. Seidel is 2015 NCAA Division 1 national cross country champion. Seidel is 2016 NCAA Division 1 national indoor track and field 3000 meters and 5000 meters champion.[7] Seidel won 10,000 meters title at 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Molly Seidel is a six time Atlantic Coast Conference champion. She has two Stanford Invitational 5000 outdoor track titles to her credit. She won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top female cross country runner in 2016.[8][9]

Year ACC Cross Country NCAA Cross Country ACC indoor NCAA indoor ACC Outdoor NCAA Outdoor
2015-16 19:36.2 1st 19:28.5 1st 3000 m 9:02.24 1st 3000 m 8:57.86 1st
5000 m 15:19.64 1st 5000 m 15:15.21 1st
2014-15 20:11.2 5th 20:23.4 19th 10,000 m 33:39.70 2nd 10,000 m 33:18.37 1st
3000 m 9:10.63 1st DMR 11:15.96 8th
5000 m 15:55.84 1st 5000 m 15:48.31 6th 5000 m 16:07.87 1st
2013-14 21:23.1 26th 21:48.8 171st 5000 m 16:31.27 8th 5000 m 16:40.62 11th
2012-13 21:45.3 22nd
@ Big East Conference
21:39.1 217th

Professional[edit]

Molly Seidel was invited to the 2012 Bupa Great Edinburgh International Cross Country in Scotland where she placed third (15:16) in the 4K and was the first USA high school finisher.[10]

Molly Seidel placed fourteenth in 20:13 in 2016 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships.[11]

Former NCAA champs Molly Seidel & Abbey D’Agostino returned to action at 2017 Mayor's Cup Cross Country Championships and charted paths to healthy futures after injury to[12] finish 1st and 2nd respectively for 5 km. Seidel ran the first half slowly and proceeded to pick up the pace for the final 8 minutes to times of Molly 16:18 to D'Agostino 16:48.[13]

Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish champs Molly Huddle & Molly Seidel race to action on the road at 2017 USATF Road 5k Championships Abbott Dash to the Finishline 5k finish 1st and 2nd respectively for 5 km to times of 15:24 and 15:35 (Seidel's professional debut road race representing Saucony).[14][15]

Molly Seidel qualified to represent Team USA at the 2018 Great Edinburgh International Cross Country in Scotland where she led the team to 3rd place by finishing third in the 6 km in a time of 21:04.

Molly continued 2018 season with a 2nd place at the 2018 USA Cross Country Championships, led by Emily Infeld in 33:18.7 (3:19.9/km), Molly Seidel in 33:22.1, Stephanie Bruce in 33:34.1, Infield's teammate Courtney Frerichs in 33:55.1, Emily Durgin in 33:56.9, and Susan Tanui in 34:39.0 and the six qualified for Team USA at 2018 NACAC Cross Country Championships in La Libertad, El Salvador on February 17, 2018. Throughout the entire race Seidel was among leaders, moved into 1st after 3 km until 8 km when Infield took the lead, led to the finish and Seidel maintained a pace of approximately 3:20/km.[16]

In Atlanta, Georgia, at the U.S. Woman's Olympic Trials Marathon on February 29, 2020, Molly Seidel broke from the pack along with Aliphine Tuliamuk. Over the rolling hills of the course, the two pushed each other and took a large lead over third place Sally Kipyego. Seidel finished eight seconds behind Tuliamuk for a second place in 2:27:31.[17] She earned a spot on the US Olympic Team and won $65,000.[18]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2018 Great Edinburgh International Cross Country Edinburgh, Scotland 3rd place 6 km 21:04[19]
Team USA 3rd place 81 points[20]
2013 Great Edinburgh International Cross Country Junior Women Edinburgh, Scotland 12th place 4 km 14:35[21]
Team USA 3rd 26 points[22]
2012 Great Edinburgh International Cross Country Junior Women Edinburgh, Scotland 3rd place 4 km 15:16[23]
Team USA 1st 16 points[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seidel’s Improbable Marathon Debut Podium Runner. Brian Metzler
  2. ^ 2020 US Olympic Trials Results Retrieved February 29, 2020
  3. ^ Futterman, Matthew; Minsberg, Talya (February 29, 2020). "Live Coverage of the Olympic Trials Marathon". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  4. ^ "Seidel races to GXC National ROY honors". ESPN. January 26, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Molly Seidel University Lake School and University of Notre Dame races results". athletic.net. October 27, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  6. ^ "Spotlight: Molly Seidel puts small school on a national stage". maxpreps. May 9, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "Molly Seidel National Champion 5000m". Notre Dame Fighting Irish. March 26, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "RunnerSpace.com/IN - News - Seidel Named Honda Sports Award Winner for Cross Country". www.runnerspace.com. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  9. ^ "Notre Dame's Molly Seidel Named Honda Sports Award Winner for Cross Country". CWSA. December 2, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "Spotlight: Molly Seidel puts small school on a national stage". maxpreps. May 9, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  11. ^ "2016 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships". USATF. December 10, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "Former NCAA Champs Molly Seidel & Abbey D'Agostino Return To Action At 2017 Mayor's Cup XC And Chart Paths To Healthy Futures". LetsRun. October 22, 2017. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  13. ^ "Molly Seidel after winning her professional debut at 2017 Mayor's Cup". Youtube. October 22, 2017. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  14. ^ "Molly Huddle's Great Saturday Morning: 25th U.S. Title in a Course Record". Runner's World. November 4, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "Kipchirchir, Huddle Top USATF 5K Fields". New York Road Runners. November 4, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  16. ^ 2018 USATF Cross Country Championships. USA Track and Field. February 3, 2018. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials results". NBC Sports. New York, New York. February 29, 2020. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  18. ^ "U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon Media Guide" (PDF). Atlanta Track Club. p. 5. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  19. ^ Great Edinburgh Cross Country 2018 Senior Women's 6 km USATF
  20. ^ Great Edinburgh Cross Country 2018 Senior Women's race video European Athletic Association
  21. ^ Great Edinburgh Cross Country 2013 Junior Women's 4 km USATF
  22. ^ Great Edinburgh Cross Country 2013 Junior Women's 4 km FloTrack January 5, 2013
  23. ^ Great Edinburgh Cross Country 2012 Junior Women's 4 km USATF
  24. ^ Junior Women 4 km Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country - International Challenge Jan 7, 2012 Edinburgh CC Course Edinburgh, GBR DyeStat January 7, 2012

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