Wisco Legends: Molly Seidel wins Foot Locker

Wisconsin has proven itself as one of the powerhouse states for running talent at not just the high school level, but also beyond throughout the years, especially with this individual.

Over a decade ago we were graced by the presence of one who would eventually become a household name and solidified herself as not just one of the top distance runners in America, but also in the world; backed by her second-place finish at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials followed by a bronze medal finish at the Tokyo Olympics.

Molly Seidel is one of the few Wisconsin natives that have brought home the coveted Foot Locker National title back in 2011, a year that saw many names alongside that have now redefined distance running in the United State such as Nikki Hiltz, Karis Jochen, Makena Morley, Edward Cheserek, Futsum Zienasellassie, Sean McGorty, CJ Albertson, Jacob Thomson, and many others.

Leading up to this race, not just during this season, but ever since the start of her high school career, she remained undefeated throughout the Wisconsin main season for both track and cross-country, racking up countless titles and victories to her name. 

Fun fact: This was during a time when the 4000m was contested up until the post-season.

Not to skip a beat, after high school, Seidel competed for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, where she really picked up the momentum during the latter half of her NCAA career when she put herself on the map amongst the best with her 5000m and 3000m double-crown during the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2015, eventually a 10,000m title to her name that following outdoor season, and then a national title in cross country that fall to solidify herself as the top dog that point on. 

Additionally, Seidel added two more ACC Championships along with two more national championships to her name before debuting for Saucony in 2017, later signing for Puma in January of 2021.