Feb. 13, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The future met the past last Saturday afternoon (Feb. 8) at the 2013 Wisconsin Track Coaches Association (WISTCA) Hall of Fame Induction and Awards ceremony as former University of Notre Dame track and field standout Joanna Schultz was inducted into the WISTCA Hall of Fame class of 2013, while current Irish cross country and track and field freshman Molly Seidel was named the 2012 WISTCA Female Athlete of the Year.
Among her many accomplishments during her prep career at Holmen High School, Schultz is most noted for being the first athlete (male or female) to win state titles in two outdoor events (200m, 400m) in each of her four high school seasons. Equaling Schultz's unprecedented high school success, Seidel also posted state titles in the 3,200m and 1,600m in each of her four seasons at University Lake School.
Schultz's continued success flourished even further when she got to Notre Dame. A four-time monogram winner, she holds the distinction of being the Big East indoor record holder in the 400m with a time of 53.16 set in 2010. Schultz is also a 12-time All Big East honoree and compiled a combined five Big East titles during her four-year career with the Irish. She also holds the Notre Dame school record in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.82 and achieved All-America status in 2009 with an eighth place finish in the 400m dash at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Following her collegiate career, Schultz found success once again as she placed 12th in the 400m hurdles at the USA Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa. Just last year Schultz once again put her skills to the test as she captured the 19th best time in the 400m hurdles at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.
After finishing out an illustrious high school career, Seidel found instant success as one of Notre Dame's top female cross country runners this season. She competed in six of seven meets throughout the season including running at the Big East Championships, NCAA Great Lakes Regionals and NCAA Championships. Seidel was one of five Irish female runners to earn NCAA Great Lakes all-region honors after helping her team to a third place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet.