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    April 29, 1997

    Notre Dame Signs Five to Letters of Intent

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's men's track and field and cross country head coach Joe Piane has announced the signing of five high school seniors to national letters of intent. Piane, in his 22nd season as head coach at Notre Dame and just recently inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame, will look to this group to contribute immediately next year for the cross country and track and field teams.

    "We are very excited that they have decided to attend Notre Dame," said Piane. "They will fill specific holes for us and will make definite improvements to the team next year."

    Jermaine Brown comes to Notre Dame from Brooklyn Park, Minn. He was the state champion in the 100 meters, which he has run in 10.77. Brown will run mainly as a sprinter for the Irish.

    A native of Illinois, Robert Dewey will contribute in throwing events for Notre Dame. He has thrown the shot put 53 feet and has hurled the discus 173 feet.

    Ted Higgins finished third in the Illinois state cross country meet. A native of Naperville, Ill., Higgins also ran 9:18 indoors in the 3,000 meters.

    Ryan Shay will come to Notre Dame as a four-time cross country champion in Michigan. Shay starred Central Lake High School where he won the Michigan class D cross country championship all four years.

    Anthony Alt is another cross country runner who will run for the Irish. The Waverly, Neb. native also won a cross country state championship.

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