Junior Molly Seidel, shown at the ACC Indoor Championships in March, claimed her third first team All-ACC nod of the season on Thursday, finishing second in the 10,000 meters at the ACC Outdoor Championships in Tallahassee, Florida.

Seidel Paces Irish Women On Day 1 At ACCs

May 14, 2015


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The University of Notre Dame women’s track & field team got off to a strong start Thursday at the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championships at the Mike Long Track at Florida State, led on the meet’s first day by yet another standout performance from its top distance athlete.

After one day of competition, the 23rd-ranked Fighting Irish women sit in seventh place with three of 21 events scored (eight points). The Notre Dame men are in a tie for seventh with North Carolina (six points).

Junior Molly Seidel, who earned track MVP honors at this season’s indoor championships after winning both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter races, kicked off the first day of the outdoor championships with a second-place finish in the 10,000 meters, her third first team All-ACC performance of the season. Her time of 33:39.70 marked her first race this season at the distance and trailed only Syracuse’s Margo Malone (33:33.69, track record) and bested Boston College’s Liv Westphal (third place, 33:42.03). The event was the only final in a track event on the day.

Seidel will also compete in the 5,000 meter finals on Saturday.

The Irish women sent an athlete to the finals in each of the preliminary races run Thursday. Danielle Aragon placed fourth in the 1,500 meters (4:22.24) to make Saturday’s finals, while Margaret Bamgbose (200 meters, 23.78) and Kaila Barber (400-meter hurdles, 59.22) each placed sixth in their respective preliminaries to advance to Saturday, as well.

Senior Carly Loeffel sits in fourth place in the heptathlon with 3351 points after four events, shining in second-place finishes in the shot put (12.44m) and 200 meters (25.26), while also placing fourth in the 100 meters (14.16). Freshman Rachel Rhodes occupies 10th place in the event, with her highest event finish coming in the 200 meters (fifth place, 25.53).

On the men’s side, Brent Swanberg turned in a strong performance through the first five events of the decathlon, sitting in 7th place with 3566 points. He finished second in the shot put (12.86m) and third in the long jump (6.80m) to highlight the day.

Senior Chris Giesting advanced to the finals in the 200 meters, finishing sixth (second in heat) in the preliminary with a time of 21.14. Jacob Dumford qualified for the 1,500 meters finals, finishing 10th (3:46.53) and third in his heat.

Seniors Martin Grady and Jake Kildoo turned in a pair of top-eight finishes in the 10,000 meters to cap the night, as Grady finished sixth (30:07.20) for second-team all-conference honors, while Kildoo followed closely in eight place (30:12.17).

A full slate of events and preliminaries continues Friday and Saturday, with finals in most of the running events wrapping up the Championship Saturday evening.

ESPN3 will stream live coverage each evening at the links provided at the top of the page, while live results will be available throughout the event on the championship website.

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May 14-16, 2015
Mike Long Track
Tallahassee, Fla.
Team Scores (three of 21 events)
1. Miami, 19.0 points
2. Louisville, 15.0
3. Syrcause, 14.0
3. Florida State, 14.0
5. North Carolina, 11.0
6. NC State, 9.0
7. Notre Dame, 8.0
8. Duke, 6.0
8. Boston College, 6.0
10. Wake Forest, 5.0
10. Clemson, 5.0
12. Virginia Tech, 3.0
13. Virginia, 2.0
Individual Results
200 meters preliminaries
6. Margaret Bamgbose, 23.78 Q
9. Amber Lalla, 23.98
13. Parker English, 24.24
1,500 meters preliminaries
4. Danielle Aragon, 4:22.24 Q
34. Ashlyn Rambo, 4:29.49
10,000 meters finals
2. Molly Seidel, 33:39.70^
400-meter hurdles preliminaries
6. Kaila Barber, 59.22 Q
11. Michelle Rotondo, 1:00.12
Hammer Throw finals
Lena Madison, Foul
Long Jump
9. Emily Carson, 5.91m
Heptathlon (through four events)
4. Carly Loeffel, 3351 points
10. Rachel Rhodes, 2933 points
100 meters – heptathlon
4. Carly Loeffel, 14.16
10. Rachel Rhodes, 15.12
High jump – heptathlon
7. Carly Loeffel, 1.69m
10. Rachel Rhodes, 1.63m
Shot put – heptathlon
2. Carly Loeffel, 12.44m
14. Rachel Rhodes, 9.50m
200 meters – heptathlon
2. Carly Loeffel, 25.26
5. Rachel Rhodes, 25.53

Team Scores (3 of 21 events)
1. Florida State, 26.0 points
2. Syracuse, 18.0
2. Virginia, 18.0
4. Louisville, 14.0
5. Virginia Tech, 10.0
6. NC State, 8.0
7. Notre Dame, 6.0
7. North Carolina, 6.0
9. Miami, 5.0
10. Wake Forest, 3.0
11. Pittsburgh, 2.0
12. Georgia Tech, 1.0
Individual Results
200 meters preliminaries
6. Chris Giesting, 21.14 Q
1,500 meters preliminaries
10. Jacob Dumford, 3:46.53 Q
11. Chris Marco, 3:46.94
10,000 meters finals
6. Martin Grady, 30:07.20^^
8. Jake Kildoo, 30:12.17
18. Calvin Kraft, 32.05.63
Hammer Throw finals
11. Nicholas Hauser, 58.25m
13. Dominick Padovano, 56.26m
19. Anthony Shivers, 51.32m
Long Jump finals
7. Keith Mesidor, 7.19m
Decathlon (through five events)
7. Brent Swanberg, 3566 points
100 meters – decathlon
12. Brent Swanberg, 11.82
Long jump – decathlon
3. Brent Swanberg, 6.80m
Shot put – decathlon
2. Brent Swanberg, 12.86m
High jump – decathlon
7. Brent Swanberg, 1.90m
400 meters – decathlon
11. Brent Swanberg, 51.81

^ – First Team All-ACC
^^ – Second Team All-ACC

Joanne Norell, Media Relations Assistant