Legendary Irish Track Coach Joe Piane Retires After 39 Seasons

Piane departs following second-longest tenure of any coach in Notre Dame athletics history.


Irish To Host 33rd Annual National Catholic Championships

Notre Dame looks to defend their championship titles.


Irish Men And Women Place Sixth At BIG EAST Championships

Sophomore Martin Grady and junior Jeremy Rae earn all-BIG EAST accolades.


Irish Women Claim 15th, Men 19th At Elite Wisconsin Adidas Invitational

Rydberg and Rae paced the women and men, respectively.


Irish Travel To Elite Wisconsin Adidas Invitational Friday

Notre Dame battles 37 ranked teams in final tune-up before the BIG EAST Championships.

AS A FIFTH-YEAR SENIOR: Did not compete during the cross country season ... ran third leg on the 4x800m team with teammates Jack Favorite, Eddy Gibbons and Jeremy Rae that took first place (7:34.19) at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships and earned all-BIG EAST accolades ... placed fourth in heat two of the 800m run with a time of 1:54.67 at the Polytan Invitational ... named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... a member of the Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), serving as the Monogram Club representative.

AS A SENIOR: Competed in two meets during the cross country season ... placed 19th out of 88 runners (25:32.3) in the 8K "B" race at the Wisconsin Invitational ... also ran at the BIG EAST Championships (24:56.1), finishing 52nd out of 123 runners on the 8K course ... earned a cross country monogram ... won a national championship with the distance medley relay team (9:35.48) at the NCAA Indoor National Championships ... ran third leg (800m) in 1:51.34 ... ran with Johnathan Shawel, Chris Giesting and Jeremy Rae ... was school's first indoor relay title ... served the Irish in 16 track & field meets ... placed third in the 800m (1:53.42) and second in the 4x800m relay (7:28.57), earning two all-BIG EAST scrolls at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships ... also teamed with Shawel, Giesting and Rae to win the DMR at the Alex Wilson Invitational and break the school mark (9:29.72) ... finished first at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in the 4x800m (7:25.97), earning all-BIG EAST honors ... earned a monogram ... was the 2011-12 Leaders of Distinction Award Recipient for men's track & field ... was a 2011-12 Rosenthal Leadership Academy participant ... was named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.

AS A JUNIOR: Placed 10th in heat four at the Stanford Invitational ... placed fifth overall at the Purdue Mike Poehlein Invitational for the 800m with a finishing time of 1:54.80 ... placed first (1:54.47) in heat one at the Texas Roadhouse Border Battle, good for ninth overall ... finished third overall at the Purdue Dave Rankin Invitational in the 800m with a time of 1:57.48 ... competed with Lorenz, Labus and Howard in the 4x800m relay at the Drake Relays and finished third overall with a time of 7:25.75 ... narrowly missed the cutoff at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships for the 800m placing 11th in the preliminaries with a time of 1:54.06 ... posted a personal best in the 800m at the Louisville Cardinal Twilight, placing fourth overall with a time of 1:51.24.

AS A SOPHOMORE: First-place finish in the 1,000m at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener with a 2:28.02 ... opened the indoor season at the Blue & Gold Invitational by running the 1,600m in 4:12.61, good for second place, while just missing the winning time by .07 ... placed third in the 4x400m (3:27.84) at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener ... fifth place finish in the 1,600m at the Notre Dame Invitational in 4:10.21.

AS A FRESHMAN: Had an immediate impact in relays ... made Notre Dame debut in the 1,000m at the Blue and Gold Invitational, placing fifth with a 2:29.99 ... finished fifth in the 1,600m at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener (4:16.74) ... placed ninth in the 800m at the Notre Dame Invitational with a 1:54.41 ... ran the 800m in 1:54.31 at the Finlay Open Multi-Event to finish fourth ... placed eighth in the 1,000m at the Meyo Invitational (2:27.30) ... part of the 4x800m relay team that picked up a fourth-place finish at the prestigious Drake Relays ... earned all-BIG EAST honors on the 4x800m relay team by finishing third at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Six-time letter winner in track & field and soccer at Wheaton Warrenville South (Ill.) ... named all-conference, all-sectional and all- state as a junior and senior ... two-time conference champion ... holds a personal- best time of 1:53.56 in the 800m and 50.0 in the 400m ... also owns a second degree black belt in Hapkido ... named to the Chicago Sun Times all-area soccer team in 2006 and 2007 ... member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Sons of the American Revolution and the Athletic Leadership Council ... from same high school as former Irish runner Mike Popejoy ... son of Richard and Christine Babb ... has two brothers ... grandfather, Joseph Temborius, graduated from Notre Dame in 1950 and his great-uncle, Jerry Timko, graduated in 1955 ... father ran cross country and track & field at Illinois ... brother, J.J., ran for North Central College ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in accounting ... enrolled in accounting in the graduate business school.

Randall Babb
Randall  Babb

Graduate Student

Wheaton, IL

High School:
Wheaton Warrenville South

Event Calendar

October 16
11:00 AM
Wisconsin Invitational
Madison, Wis. (Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course)
October 23
11:00 AM
Illini Open
Champaign, Ill. (Univ. of Ill. Arboretum)
October 30
ACC Championship
Tallahassee, Fla. (Apalachee County Park)
November 13
12:00 PM
NCAA Great Lakes Regional
Madison, Wis. (Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course)
November 21
12:00 PM
NCAA Championship
Louisville, Ky. (EP Tom Sawyer State Park)

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