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Ten-time West Virginia state champion Victoria Starcher announced Wednesday on Instagram that she will be continuing her academic and athletic career at the University of Notre Dame.
The 2019 season was full of lifetime bests for Starcher, who's currently No. 9 on the MileSplit 2020 Top Recruiting Rankings. During the indoor season the Ripley High School senior was ranked US top 10 in the 800m, 1,500m, Mile and 3,200m. She achieved new heights in the 1,500m (4:21.91) and mile (4:40.63), hitting third-place finishes at New Balance Nationals Indoor.
The West Virginia distance runner continued that success over the outdoor season, where she not only solidified herself as one of the nation's best, but an all-timer as well. At Penn Relays, Starcher broke Mary Cain's mile record, crossing the finish line in 4:38.19. The US No. 1 and new personal best moved Starcher to No. 7 on the US HS all-time list.
The Ripley High School senior also holds PRs of: 2:07.42
(800m), 4:24.27 (1500m), 4:46.61 (1600m) and 10:20.54 (3200m).
Starcher will make an immediate impact during her debut
season at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish will have Starcher leading the
rookies, in attempt to win their first ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Their
last conference titles were in 2013 while they were in the Big East.
Based off of her current PRs indoor, Starcher would have won
the ACC indoor mile (4:40.63) paired with top-8 finish in the final of the women's
Winning her first cross country state championship in 2017,
Starcher will also be looking to find her place within Notre Dame Cross
The Fighting Irish are currently in their second season under
the leadership of Head Coach Matt Sparks. This season, the women are currently
16 on the USTFCCCA Coaches' Poll in pursuit of a conference title. Last
season, they claimed ACC runner-up and went on to finish eighth at the NCAA Cross Country
Starcher is currently on a racing hiatus due to a stress
fracture in her foot. However, securing her next steps with Notre Dame seems to
only be a precursor to what's in store for her final season.