She may be a 4.0 student and a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, but Molly Seidel had a hard time comprehending what was going on Tuesday morning.
"I'm so confused," said the undefeated national cross country champion. "This award is for me? I can't believe it."
The senior at University Lake School (Hartland, Wis.), who also happens to be a champion alpine ski racer, a gifted ukulele player and a sailing instructor, was named the 2011-12 Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year. Shalane Flanagan, the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials winner, surprised her with the news.
"Oh my God, oh my God, um, congratulations on winning the marathon trials Shalane," a breathless Seidel said.