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April 2014

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University Lake School track

Seidel adds to ULS trophy case

Simply said, nobody does it better.

University Lake School sophomore Molly Seidel, who won the 1,600 and the 3,200-meter runs last year at the WIAA Division 3 state high school track meet as a freshman, repeated that feat again last Friday and Saturday. Should Seidel win both of those events her final two years of high school, she'll become the first track performer in WIAA history to win two events four consecutive years.

Seidel got things rolling last Friday by not only winning the 3,200, but setting a new state record in the process. Her dominating 10:39.88 destroyed the old mark she set last year of 10:49.98. She won that race by 33 seconds, the largest winning margin at this year's state meet.

On Saturday, Seidel turned in another gem in the 1,600. She won that race with a time of 5:06.39. She won that race by just over four seconds.

"I'm really happy to get to state and win both races," Seidel said. "I really don't concern myself with records or anything like that. I just try and go out and run the best I can and try and PR if possible."

Last year, Seidel won the 1,600 with a time of 5:02.52 and the 3,200 at 10:49.98. Her time in the 3,200 broke the former state record by almost three seconds.'

In the 3,200 on Friday, Seidel broke away from the pack midway through the first lap and sailed through the remainder of the race. Her goal was to maintain a pace of about 80 seconds per lap. Seidel actually lapped a few runners near the end.

"In the 3,200, I was just hoping to PR if I could," Seidel said. "I was feeling pretty good that day and thought I had a good chance to do it. But you never know what's going to happen. I just wanted to maintain my pace and then be strong at the end. Things went really well."

Her time in the 3,200 was the fastest at the state meet. Arrowhead senior Gabby Levac won the Division 1 race with a time of 10:47.22, and Allie Woodward of Green Bay Notre Dame won the Division 2 title at 10:55.51.

On Saturday in the 1,600, Seidel didn't have her best race, but still had plenty to win the event. Last year, she won with a time that was almost four seconds faster than this year.

"I felt pretty good in the 1,600, but I didn't have my best race," Seidel said. "I was trying for a PR but didn't get it. I'm just happy to have won the race."

Last year when she won both races, she became the first individual event double winner in Lake Country history. Now she's done it twice.

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