Former Irish standout Molly Huddle won her first national 10,000 meter championship this weekend at the USATF Outdoor Championships to secure a spot on the U.S. team for the world championships in Beijing.

Irish Alums Wrap Weekend At USATF Championships

June 29, 2015

EUGENE, Oregon – The USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships concluded on Sunday with six former University of Notre Dame student-athletes competing at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. One former Irish standout took home gold, while another two advanced to the semifinals in their respective events.

Molly Huddle (’07) snared the championship in the 10,000 meters, beating out American record-holder and three-time champion Shalane Flanagan in a time of 31:39.20. Huddle owns the America record in the 5,000 meters and owns two national championships in that event, but captured her first crown at the longer distance. Her win guaranteed Huddle a spot on the U.S. team for the world championships in Beijing.

Jade Barber (’15) advanced to the semifinal round of the 100-meter hurdles after placing fourth (12.82) in her heat of the preliminary to automatically qualify. Barber finished sixth 13.04) in her semifinal heat, however, and did not move on.

Patrick Feeney (’14) was also a semifinalist in the 400 meters, placing third (45.55) in the preliminary heat. Like Barber, Feeney also finished sixth (45.80) in the semifinal. Chris Giesting (’15) also competed in the 400 meters, but finished sixth (46.37) in his preliminary heat and did not advance any farther.

Rebecca Tracy (’13) competed in the 1,500 meters for Oiselle, finishing sixth in her preliminary race with a time of 4:20.61. Mary Saxer (’09) did not record a height in the pole vault.

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USATF Outdoor Championships
June 25-28, 2015
Eugene, Oregon
Women’s 100-meter hurdles
Heat 2
4. Jade Barber, 12.82Q
Heat 2
6. Jade Barber, 13.04
Women’s 1,500 meters
Heat 3
6. Rebecca Tracy, 4:20.61
Women’s 10,000 meters
1. Molly Huddle, 31:39.20
Women’s Pole Vault
Mary Saxer, NH
Men’s 400 meters
Heat 1
3. Patrick Feeney, 45.55Q
Heat 5
6. Chris Giesting, 46.37
Heat 2
6. Patrick Feeney, 45.80

Joanne Norell, Media Relations Assistant