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Virginia Tech’s Curtin, Notre Dame’s Seidel are recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia Tech’s Thomas Curtin has been recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Week, while Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel was honored as the Women’s Performer of the Week.
Curtin picked arguably the nation’s most prestigious regular-season meets as the stage for his first career win in cross country on Saturday, beating a 288-runner field at the NCAA Pre-National meet held at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Curtin ran the 8K race in a career-best time of 23 minutes, 18.2 seconds, edging two-time defending national champion Edward Cheserek of Oregon by more than four seconds. Curtin jumped out to a big lead and then held on at the end to edge Cheserek, who won the cross country national title as both a freshman and a sophomore. Curtin’s efforts led Virginia Tech to a sixth-place team finish in a loaded field that featured 11 ranked teams.
Seidel headlined the Notre Dame women’s team’s efforts Friday at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis. With two finishers in the top-15, the Notre Dame women ranked 12th overall with 415 points among the highly competitive field. Setting her pace early in the race, Seidel led the pack after the 2K point. Neck-and-neck with Boise State freshman Allie Ostrander down the stretch, Seidel ultimately came up short of snagging the victory; however, her runner-up finish in a 6K time of 19:22.4 set the tone for her fellow Irish racers and secured her standing among the nation’s best.