Seidel and Reeder run to top finishes at Club Championships in Florida

Molly SeidelMolly Seidel (South Bend) and Troy Reeder (Fishers) ran to strong finishes at the 2016 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships on December 10.  The  event was held at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.  The club championships is one of the most competitive cross country meets in the country.
Over 1000 athletes competed in the four events - Open Women (6 km), Open Men (10 km), Masters Women (6 km), Masters Men (10 km) - making it the largest club championships in history.  In addition to the club championships, the meet's main focus, the races also serve as USA national championships for individuals.  Both Seidel and Reeder competed as individuals.
Seidel, the 2015 NCAA Cross Country champion while competing for Notre Dame, used the race as a return to competition following a six month battle with injuries.  Despite not racing since the spring she ran to a 14th place finish, running  20:13 over the 6 km course.  Olympian Colleen Quigley won the race in 19:31.
In the men’s race former Hamilton Southeastern star Troy Reeder ran to a 34th place finish.  Reeder, the 2013 Indiana high school 1600m champion  who now competes for Furman University, ran 30:18 over the 10 km course.
In the masters races, Paul Carlin, 71, of Indianapolis ran to a 9th place finish in the 70-74 division while Andy Schloot, 49, of Indianapolis finished 39th in the 45-49 division. 
The 2017 championships are schedule for December 9 in Lexington, Kentucky.

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