Cross Country



Strong Of Heart: Joe Piane

A profile on legendary Notre Dame track and cross country coach as he prepares to retire after 39 seasons.


Legendary Irish Track Coach Joe Piane Retires After 39 Seasons

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


In For The Long Haul

Don't let his quiet demeanor fool you. Longtime Notre Dame coach Tim Connelly has made a lasting impact on the women's cross country and track distance runners over the past quarter-century.


Joe Piane: If His Office Walls Could Talk

First in a series, offering an inside look at some of the meaningful items that line the walls in the offices of Notre Dame's head coaches.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned All-America status in outdoor track with a seventh in the 10,000 meters (29:55.78) in ?99 at the NCAA meet ... automatically qualified for the NCAAs with a time of 29:01.59 at the Stanford Invitational ... posted an NCAA outdoor provisional time (14:02.35) in the 5,000 meters by winning the race at the prestigious Mt. SAC Invitational ... earned all-BIG EAST outdoor track honors in the 5,000 (third) and 10,000 (second) ... competed in the indoor track season in the mile and the 3,000 and 5,000 meters ... 1999 BIG EAST champion in the 3,000 with a time of 8:20.38 ... also won the 5,000-meter race at the Alex Wilson Invitational with a NCAA provisional time of 14:13.88 ... Notre Dame?s top cross country runner in 1998 ... team?s lone individual qualifier to the NCAA cross country championships, finishing in 34:16.80 ... competed in seven meets overall ...opened season as the top collegiate runner at the Wolf & Kettle Invitational, running the course in 25:56 ... won the National Catholic Championships for the second year in a row, bettering his time by a little more than a minute ...finished second at the Notre Dame Invitational where he recorded his fastest 8K time of the season (23:21) ... earned all-BIG EAST honors with a sixth place at the conference championships in Boston, Mass. ... qualified for the NCAA championships with a 10th place at the district meet.

AS A FRESHMAN: One of the 1997 cross country team?s top runners ... won his first two collegiate cross country meets ... won the Scarlet/Gray Invitational in 24:56.6 and the National Catholic meet in 24:53 ... second best on the team at the Notre Dame Invitational, where he placed 11th, and the Furman Invitational where he finished 28th ... third on the team at both the District IV and NCAA Championships ... did not compete in track.

AT THE WORLD JUNIOR CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Competed for Team USA at the championships held in Marrakech, Morocco, in March of 1998 ... placed 20th out of 200 runners ... guided the U.S. to a seventh-place finish, its best finish since 1988 ... ran the course in 24:20 to post the highest finish by an American since 1992.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Won four cross country state titles, a first in Michigan boys high school cross country ... placed fourth at the junior national in the 5,000 meters in 1997 with a time of 14:58.76, qualifying for an alternate spot for 1997 Pan Am Games ... 1995 USA Track and Field 3,000 meter champion and 1996 USATF 5,000 meter champion ... also won AAU national titles in 1,500 meters and three 3,000-meter titles ... after not placing first in third cross country meet as a freshman, won every other high school cross country meet ... three-time 1,600 and 3,200 meters state champion ... also won the 800 meters as a sophomore ... earned three letters in basketball ... brother Nathan runs cross country and track and field for the Irish ... born May 4, 1979, in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters with a major in economics.

Ryan Shay
Ryan  Shay


Central Lake, Mich.

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