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December 2015 Issue

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ND SPORTS BY JORDAN WELLS A fter a 19th-place finish in the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships, then-junior Molly Seidel wasn't expected to be the next national champion. Her coaches and teammates believed in her, though. Prior to the season, head coach Alan Turner said the program had set goals that included an indi- vidual national champion and a top-10 finish for the wom- en's team. Those objectives were met Nov. 21 at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky., when Seidel crossed the finish line first with a time of 19:28.6 in the 6,000-meter race. She pulled away from eventual runner- up Allie Ostrander of Boise State with 800 meters to go, securing a five-second victory over the second-place finisher (19:33.6). "It is incredible," Seidel shared with "I am so blessed to get to run again with such incredible girls. To be able to come out and win today is just a really amazing experience. Four years ago at this race, I definitely didn't fin- ish this well. Molly Seidel Captures Cross Country National Championship Seidel pulled away from a strong national field in the final 800 meters and finished with a time of 19:28.6 in the 6,000-meter race — five seconds ahead of the runner-up. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME MEDIA RELATIONS

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