November 23, 1998

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – JoAnna Deeter (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) became a two-time All-American after finishing 14th out of 254 runners at the 1998 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Lawrence, Kan.

Deeter ran the 5,000-meter course in 17:19.73, a little more than 23 seconds behind the leader Katie McGregor of Michigan, who won with a time of 16:47.21. Deeter, making her second trip to the NCAAs, also earned All-America status with a third-place finish as a freshman at the 1996 cross country championships in Tucson, Ariz. The junior, who attended high school in Eden Prairie, Minn., now owns the top two NCAA finishes in Irish history.

Ryan Shay (Central Lake, Mich.) finished the 10,000-meter race in 229th place with a time of 34:16.80. Shay, a sophomore, was making his first trip to the NCAA Championships as the lone Notre Dame men’s team representative. Despite his finish, Shay won the National Catholic Championships race earlier this season and was the team’s top-finisher in each of the eight meets in 1998.

1998 NCAA Cross Country Championships

Division I Women - Top 15 Finishers         Division I Men 1. Katie McGregor (Michigan)    16:47.21   1. Adam Goucher (Colorado)     29:26.90 2. Amy Skieresz (Arizona)       16:53.52   229. Ryan Shay (Notre Dame)    34:16.80 3. Amy Yoder (Arkansas)         17:03.05                  4. Kristen Gordon (Georgetown)  17:09.17    5. Sally Glynn (Stanford)       17:09.47   NCAA Team Champion:  6. Julia Stamps (Stanford)      17:11.08   Women's - Villanova 106 pts. 7. Maggie Chan (Bringham Young) 17:14.12   Men's - Arkansas 97 pts. 8. Marie-Elena Calle (VCU)      17:14.67       9. Marie Davis (Oregon)         17:16.06 10. Jessica Koch (Arkansas)      17:16.4211. Carrie Tollefson (Villanova) 17:16.8712. Sarah Goodman (Villanova)    17:18.3513. Sharolyn Shields (BYU)       17:19.2514. JoAnna Deeter (Notre Dame)   17:19.73      15. Rachel Hixson (Providence)   17:20.32