USATF comment on the death of Ryan Shay 11 03 2007 Contact Jill Geer Director of Communications USA Track Field 317 713 4663 NEW YORK Ryan Shay a five time national champion on the roads died by crystalarcand


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									USATF comment on the death of Ryan Shay

Contact: Jill Geer Director of Communications USA Track & Field 317-713-4663

NEW YORK - Ryan Shay, a five-time national champion on the roads, died Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Men's Marathon. Shortly past the 5-mile mark of the race, Shay collapsed and was immediately given CPR. An ambulance transported him to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:46 a.m. "We all are devastated over Ryan's death," said USATF CEO Craig Masback. "He was a tremendous champion who was here today to pursue his dreams. The Olympic Trials is traditionally a day of celebration, but we are heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan's wife, Alicia, and all of his family. His death is a tremendous loss for the sport and the long-distance running community." A 2002 graduate of Notre Dame and a native of Michigan, Shay was the 2003 USA marathon champion, the 2003 and 2004 USA half-marathon champion, the 2004 USA 20 km champion and the 2005 USA 15 km champion. He won the 2001 NCAA 10,000m title, winning the first national individual title for Notre Dame, and was a nine-time All-American. After college, he trained with Team USA California, a group that includes Olympic medalist Meb Keflezighi and Deena Kastor and now includes 2008 Olympic Trials champion Ryan Hall. In 2003 he won the USARC racing series after winning national road running titles in the marathon and half marathon, and taking third at 5 km and 20 km. Shay's wife, Alicia (Craig) Shay, was an NCAA champion and record-holder while attending Stanford University and is a professional distance runner.

Events: Distance Height: 5-10 Weight: 155 PRs: 3000i: 7:58.73 (2002); 5000: 13:35.08 (2002); 10,000: 28:26.91 (2000); Marathon: 2:14:29 (2003) Born: May 4, 1979 in Ypsilanti, Mich. Current Residence: East Jordan, Mich. High School: Central Lake '97 College: University of Notre Dame '02 Coach: Joe Vigil Agent: Ray Flynn Club: Team USA California 2003 USA Marathon champion; 2003 & 2004 USA Half-Marathon champion; 2001 NCAA 10,000m champion; 2004 USA 20 km champion; 9-time NCAA All-American
Career Highlights:

Shay had another strong year in the marathon in 2005 highlighted by top 20 finishes at the Boston and ING New York City Marathons. After a tremendous 2003 campaign that saw him win the USARC road racing series in 2004, overzealous training caused a hamstring strain that hampered Shay throughout that season, he placed 23rd at the Olympic Marathon Trials and 10th in the 10,000m at the Olympic Trials later that summer in Sacramento. Earlier he successfully defended his USA Half-Marathon title and won the USA 20 km championship, in addition to setting personal bests in the 10,000

meters and marathon. One of eight children, Shay grew up amongst the blood of champions: eldest sister, Jodi Shay, still holds the 25 km national record for a 14-year oldolder brother, Cody, was the 97 NAIA national champ in 3000m steeplechase. Striving to take his own professional career toward the Olympic level, Shays postcollegiate competition began at the 2002 USA Track & Field Championships where he placed 7th in the 10,000mhis success continued, winning the 2003 USA Marathon Championship in Birmingham, Ala. in 2:14:29 and the 2003 USA Half-Marathon Championship on June 7 in 1:04:13In his final collegiate season in 2002, Shay finished 2nd in the 10,000m to 2001 cross country champion Boaz Cheboiywo to receive his 9 th All-American honorAt Notre Dame, the 9-time All-American (2 in cross country, 7 in track) had four consecutive top-10 finishes in the 10,000m at NCAA Championshipswas the schools first NCAA individual champion and the first BIG EAST cross country championholds the indoor and outdoor 5,000m and 10,000m school recordsindividually won four National Catholic cross country meet titlesAfter college, Shay joined Team USA California, an elite training group which includes Meb Keflezighi and Deena Drossin, and he currently lives in Alamosa, Colo. with Peter De La Cerda and his family to prepare for the World Championships Marathon in Parishe was a double major of economics and computer applications in collegehas future plans to attend chiropractic schoolis an avid fisherman.
2007: 15 at USA Half-Marathon Champs (1:04:23) rd th th 2006: 3 at USA Marathon Champs (2:14:58)� at USA 15 km Champs (44:42)� at USA 20 km Champs 6 8 (1:00:48)� best of 2:14:58.

2005: 11th at Boston Marathon (2:18:17)...18th at New York Marathon (2:17:14)...ranked #8 in U.S. by T& of 2:17:14. 2004: 23rd at Olympic Marathon Trials (2:19:20)10th at Olympic Trials 10,000m (28:49.95)USA Half-Marathon champion (1:05:04)USA 20 km champion (59:53)3rd at USATF 10-Mile Championships (47:11)9th at New York City Marathon (2:14:08PR)20th at Stanford 10 km (28:18.81PR)runner-up at USA 5 km road championships (14:02)bests of 28:18.81PR & 2:14:08PR. 2003: USA Marathon champion (2:14:29PR)USA Half-Marathon champion (1:04:13)USARC series champion3rd at USA 5 km championship (14:06)3rd at USA 25 km championship (1:17:44)8th at USA 15 km championship (45:22) did not finish World Outdoor Championships marathonranked #2 at marathon in U.S. by T&FNbests of 2:14:29 & 1:04.13. 2002: 6th at NCAA Indoor 5,000m (14:02.97); named All-American2nd at NCAA Outdoor 10,000m (29:02.92)15th at LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon (2:14:30)7th in 10,000m at USA Outdoors (28:40.66)bests of 13:35.08, 28:39.43 & 2:14:30. 2001: 1st at NCAA Outdoor 10,000m (29:05.44)6th in 5,000m NCAA Outdoor (13:52.45)4th at Stanford Invite (28:40.03)10,000m BIG EAST Outdoor champ (29:17.61)5,000m BIG EAST Indoor champ (14:10.00); 2nd in 3,000mbests of 13:52.45 & 28:40.03 2000: 7th in 10,000m NCAA outdoor (29:55.78)... BIG EAST Outdoor 5,000m champ (14:42.91); 10,000m BIG EAST Outdoor champ (29:17.61)finished 10 th at Olympic Trials (28:52.74)bests of 14:08.31 & 28:26.91. 1999: Cross country All-American at NCAA Championships with 12th (30:46.10)7th in 10,000m at NCAA Outdoor Championships (29:55.78)bests of 14:02.35 & 29:01.59. 1998: Qualified for NCAA Cross Country Championships (34:16.80)1st at National Catholic Championshipsqualified for NCAA Championshipscompeted for Team USA at

World Junior Cross Country Championships (20th of 200) to post highest finish by an American since 1992. 1/19/07

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