Senior track all-everything Molly Seidel was named the 2015-2016 Mary Garber Award winner by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association on June 30. The award is given annually to the ACC’s top female athlete. Some guy named Deshaun Watson won the men’s award.
Molly won four national championships in her senior year: 2015 NCAA Outdoor 10,000 meters, 2015 NCAA Cross Country 6k, 2016 NCAA Indoor 3,000 meters, and 2016 NCAA Indoor 5,000 meters. She also managed a 3.54 cumulative GPA and became just the third Notre Dame female track and field athlete to take first team All-American honors.
In other Notre Dame news, the University will host forty athletics administrators from China. The month-long course of instruction on athletics-program administration is the result of an agreement signed on June 7 between Notre Dame and the Federation of University Sports of China a/k/a FUSC. FUSC was founded in 1975 and is kinda sorta China’s equivalent to the NCAA. Again, the name of the group is F.U.S.C.
Notre Dame, as host, is set to provide lectures and instruction on every facet of athletics-department operation, from sports nutrition to digital media. Translators will be on hand to facilitate the engagement and visits to NCAA headquarters and Wrigley Field are part of the itinerary as well.
Finally, another Irish Molly, this one 2006 graduate Molly Huddle, lit up the 10,000 meter final at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials in Oregon on July 2. Molly’s time was 31:41.62 and was the top time in the event. She goes for a second ticket to Rio on July 10 when she should compete in the 5,000 meter final. Molly Huddle competed for her country at the London games and finished 11th in the 10,000 meters.
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