Notre Dame grad Molly Huddle makes World Championship team

Molly Huddle is headed to Moscow.
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The 2007 Notre Dame graduate finished second in the women's 5,000-meter run Sunday at the US Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

By doing so, Huddle earns a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the World Track & Field Championships in August.

A 10-time All-American when she was competing for the Irish, Huddle clocked 15:35.45 under hot, humid conditions in Des Moines, Iowa.

She led much of the race, losing out to former Colorado star Jenny Simpson in a homestretch sprint to the finish line.

Simpson, the defending world champ in the 1,500-meter run, shadowed Huddle throughout the race and moved into the lead with a lap to go. Simpson clocked 15:33.77.

“It felt fairly comfortable for me, I was glad to shake off some of the more dangerous people the last few laps," said Huddle. "The main goal was to make the team and, in the last two laps, try and win.”

This is the third consecutive year that Huddle has made the U.S. team for a World Championship event. She also ran the 5,000 in 2011 at the World Championships in Korea, and last year at the London Olympics. She is still looking for her first medal.

Meanwhile, New Buffalo High School graduate Beth Rohl finished a heart-breaking fourth in the women's discus. Only the top three finishers qualify for the World Championships.

Rohl, who just graduated from Michigan State University, reached 195 feet, 9 inches. Third-place finisher Elizabeth Podominick threw 199-1.

Rohl was a Michigan Class D statye champ in the shot put while she was at New Buffalo.

Another Notre Dame alum, pole vaulter Mary Saxer, suffered a fourth-place heartbreak for the second straight year.

Saxer cleared 14-9, but was unsuccessful in two attempts at 15-1 that she had to clear in order to make the top three.

Saxer also finished fourth in the women's pole vault at last year's Olympic Trials.

Former LaPorte High School standout Mike Fout finished 15th in the men's 10,000-meter run. Fout, who just graduated from Florida State University, clocked 29:54.25.


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