The 2019 girls championship scene at the second mile was treacherous
Opening statement by meet manager Pete Henkes:
"Olympic marathon bronze medalist Molly Seidel will return to the scene of one of her greatest high school triumphs on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Eastbay Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis.
Entering its 42nd year, the Eastbay Cross Country Championship (formally Foot Locker Cross Country) is the longest-running high school cross country race in the nation, comprised of four regional 5K races across the country. The Northeast (Bronx, N.Y.) and South (Charlotte, N.C.) regional races will also be held on Nov. 27. The West Regional (Walnut, Calif.) race will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4. More than 10,000 of the nation's leading high school runners are expected to compete in the regional meets.
Seidel, 27, a native of Nashotah, Wis., finished third in the Olympic marathon this past summer in Tokyo in only her third race at the distance. She won the regional race on the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course in 2011 as a senior at University Lake School in Hartland, posting what was then the eighth fastest girls' 5K time. Two weeks later, Seidel won the national title in what was then known as the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.
"'I'm so excited to come back to Parkside ten years after my own Foot Locker experience,"' Seidel said. "'This race was such a huge stepping stone in my own running career and I can't wait to watch the awesome races this year."' Seidel will be available to talk with runners and spectators and will sign runners racing bibs and meet t-shirts.
Seidel had a brilliant collegiate career at Notre Dame, winning four NCAA championships, including a remarkable streak of four NCAA titles in as many races (2015 outdoor track 10K; 2015 cross country; 2016 indoor 3K and 5k).
The championship races at Parkside will determine the twenty (10 boys and 10 girls) Midwest qualifiers for the National Eastbay Cross Country Championships, Dec.11 in San Diego. Forty boys and forty girls advance to the nationals out of the four regional meets. Five other races for various age groups and grades will also be held at Parkside."