ATLANTA — A Brookfield native has qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo in her marathon debut.
Molly Seidel became a first-time Olympic qualifier at the U.S. Olympic Women's Marathon Trials in Atlanta over the weekend, according to NBCSports.
Seidel, who attended University Lake School in Hartland, won 12 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association titles, four NCAA championships and six ACC championships. Sports Illustrated said Seidel had never run a marathon before Saturday, having qualified for the trials through a half-marathon in December.
Seidel came in second place to Aliphine Tuliamuk. Sally Kipyego came in third.
Over 500 women qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials.
The women's Olympic marathon is scheduled for Aug. 8 in Sapporo, Japan.
In 2004, @ByGollyMolly12 was assigned a class assignment to write her biggest wish & dream.— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) February 29, 2020
She wrote, “I wish I will make it into the Olympics and win a gold medal.”
Today, she's closer by qualifying for #Tokyo2020 with her runner-up finish at the US Olympic marathon trials. pic.twitter.com/T8UBycg8Iy