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    Ryan Postel  
    Ryan Postel

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Lexington, KY

    High School:
    Lexington Catholic

    Height:
    6-3

    Event:
    Sprints/Jumps

    Birthdate:
    10/22/1983


    AS A SENIOR: Provided veteran leadership to the Irish sprint group while earning his first career All-America citation ... also earned a share of his third indoor school record ... ran his best 200-meter time of the indoor season at the Notre Dame Opener, finishing second in 22.32; also ran 34.96 over 300 meters at the meet ... ran 48.74 for 400 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational ... dropped his 400-meter time down to 47.56 at the Meyo Invitational, finishing fifth in a crowded field ... also ran in the Irish 4x400-meter relay at the Meyo, running the second-fastest time in school history (3:10.31) with teammates Austin Wechter, Jordan Powell, and Bob Kueny; that mark provisionally qualified the relay for the NCAA meet ... qualified for both the 200 and 400 meters at the BIG EAST Indoor Championship, but concentrated solely on the 400, placing fourth with a time of 48.30 in the final ... joined teammates Thomas Chamney, Adam Currie and Kurt Benninger in the distance medley relay, breaking the school record (9:33.82) on the way to a fourth-place finish and NCAA provisional qualifying mark ... the team added John Cavanaugh as its 800-meter leg and shifted Currie to Chamney's 1,200 leg at the NCAA Championships, earning All-American honors for the four athletes ... Postel ran the 400 meters as the team finished in 9:40.61 for sixth place ... opened the outdoor season with a 400-meter win at the Cal Poly Invitational (47.51) ... established an NCAA Mideast Regional qualifying mark and (at the time) the seventh-fastest in school history with a 400-meter win at the Jim Click Shootout (47.03) ... took the 200-meter title at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational in 21.67 seconds, easily qualifying for the BIG EAST outdoor meet in his second event ... took third in the 400 meters at the Mount SAC Relays with a time of 47.27 seconds ... dipped under 47 seconds at the Central Collegiate Championship, finishing second with a time of 46.89 seconds ... the mark stood as the seventh-quickest in Irish history at the time ... qualified for the BIG EAST outdoor meet in the 200 and 400 meters ... posted the top 200-meter time in the preliminaries (21.38) before taking fourth in the final heat in 21.60 ... also topped the preliminaries in the 400 meters, running 46.72, the fifth-best time in school history and close to his career best ... just missed out on a BIG EAST title in the event, picking up all-BIG EAST honors with a runner-up finish in 46.96 seconds ... helped the 4x400-meter relay pick up fourth at the meet, earning more points to the eventual team championship ... took 23rd at the NCAA Mideast Regional, covering the 400 meters in 47.45 ... the 4x400-meter relay took 12th at the regional, running the fourth-fastest time in school history (3:10.39) ... poised for big things in his final year of eligibility.

    AS A JUNIOR: Did not compete due to illness.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Took a large step forward as one of the top sprinters in the BIG EAST Conference ... claimed his first individual BIG EAST Championship in the outdoor 400 meters, beating the field with a 47.22 effort in the finals (ran a personal-best 46.63 in the preliminaries) ... also claimed a share of the indoor 4x400-meter relay school record, combining with Trevor McClain-Duer, Jordan Powell and Selim Nurudeen to run 3:09.87 at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... achieved his career best and set the school record in the indoor 400 meters at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... upon completion of the indoor season, had the two fastest indoor 400 meter times in school history and three school records ... has earned seven all-BIG EAST honors as an individual and on various relays in just two full track and field seasons ... ran well at the BIG EAST indoor meet as well, finishing second in 47.66 to earn all-BIG EAST honors ... earned all-BIG EAST honors at the BIG EAST indoor meet in the 4x400 relay, finishing second with McClain-Duer, Powell and Nurudeen ... appeared at the adidas Indoor Games in the distance medley relay, running 9:45.33 with Kurt Benninger, Thomas Chamney and Eric Morrison ... ran 10.57 over 100 meters at the outdoor Spring Opener, posting the fourth-fastest performance in school history ... ran extremely well during the BIG EAST outdoor meet, as his 46.63 effort in the preliminaries ranks as the fourth-best in school history ... finished a solid fourth in the 400 meters at the Mount SAC Relays (47.41) ... qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the 400 meters, finishing 20th (47.46) ... after winning the 400 meters at the BIG EAST outdoor meet, earned all-BIG EAST honors with second-place efforts in the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays ... combined with Nurudeen, Ryan Hurd and Tommie Lee to finish second in the 4x100-meter relay at the BIG EAST outdoor meet, posting a time of 41.20 ... teamed with McClain-Duer, Powell and Nurudeen to take second in the 4x400 relay in 3:10.52 ... the same team ran 3:09.65 at the NCAA Mideast Regional, the second-best 4x400-meter relay in school history ... spent the fall of 2004 working out with the Notre Dame football team as a walk-on receiver.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Developed well during his rookie season, concentrating on the 400 meters ... earned two all-BIG EAST honors as a member of Notre Dame's relay teams ... helped teammates Trevor McClain-Duer, Ryan Hurd and Mark Barber finish second in the 4x400 relay at the BIG EAST indoor meet (3:15.85) ... helped Hurd, Barber and Selim Nurudeen finish third in the 4x100 at the BIG EAST outdoor meet (41.31) ... claimed victories in the 400 meters against Western Michigan/Ball State and Michigan State ... posted a season-best time of 48.24 to cap the indoor season at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... qualified for the BIG EAST indoor meet in the 400 meters, finishing ninth in the preliminaries ... member of the distance medley relay team during the indoor season ... combined with teammates Kevin Somok, Thomas Chamney and Eric Morrison to qualify for the NCAA Championships ... eventually finished 10th at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. ... continued to run well during the outdoor season, taking home a victory at the Tom Botts Invitational in the 400 meters (47.97) ... qualified for the BIG EAST outdoor meet, scoring points for the team effort by finishing sixth in the finals of the 400 meters (47.77).

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: A three-sport standout, earning letters in track and field (four), basketball (three) and football (two) at Lexington (Ky.) Catholic High School ... won state title in 400-meter dash in 2002 ... three-time all-state selection and nine-time individual state championship medalist ... helped team to four regional titles and a state runner-up finish in 2001 ... 12-time individual regional championship medalist ... was ranked among top five in the state in nine different events from 2000-02, including a No. 1 ranking at 400 meters ... Kentucky AAU two-time gold medalist in 2001 at 100 and 200 meters, and a bronze medalist in long jump ... two-time team captain of track and field squad ... also was a talented wide receiver in football, ranking first in the state in 2001 in average yards per reception and second in touchdown catches ... garnered honorable mention all-state honors from the Associated Press in 2001 ... was a member of LCHS state championship basketball team in 2002 ... team was ranked as high as 10th in the nation by USA Today ... member of National Honor Society ... middle of three children ... born Oct. 22, 1983 in Miami, Fla. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a major in management information systems.

    Honors & Awards
    All-American
    Distance Medley Relay (2006)
    BIG EAST Individual Champion
    Outdoor 400 Meters (2004)

    Career Track Bests
    Indoor
    EventTimeLocation
    60m 7.19 2006 Windsor Team Challenge
    200m 21.68 2004 Blue & Gold Invitational
    400m 47.01* 2004 Alex Wilson Invitational
    Outdoor
    EventTimeLocation
    100m 10.57 2004 Notre Dame Spring Opener
    200m 21.38 2006 BIG EAST Championship
    400m 46.63 2004 BIG EAST Championship
    (*-indicates school record)
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