Track & Field

Former Notre Dame Standout Runner Molly Huddle Breaks 5K Record In Belgium
Former Notre Dame Runner, Molly Huddle
Former Notre Dame Runner, Molly Huddle

Aug. 30, 2010

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - University of Notre Dame alumnus Molly Huddle ran an unforgettable United States record-breaking 14:44.76 in the 5,000-meter race to better the previous U.S. record by the narrowest of margins, .04 seconds in Brussels, Belgium. Huddle passed previous record-holder Shalane Flanagan's U.S. mark of 14:44.80.

Breaking the U.S. 5,000-meter record will be added to Huddle's countless accomplishments during her running career. Her honors started as a one-runner cross country team in high school when she broke 12 course records as a senior, won individual titles at the conference, regional and state meets, named the 2003 U.S. Junior National 3,000-meter champion and tying the most All-American honors received at Notre Dame with nine.

Huddle has shown great improvements in her 5,000-meter run this season, running three sub-15:00 races this summer. In Paris, she ran a personal best of 14:51.84 in July to better her previous time of 15:17.12. One month later she ran 14:57.93 in London before peaking with her record-breaking time in Brussels. Breaking Flanagan's record was an indicator of greater success for Huddle as Flanagan captured the bronze medal in the 10,000-meter run at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.



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