March 9, 2001
Fayetteville, Ark. – Notre Dame senior distance runner Ryan Shay (Central Lake, Mich.) finished ninth in the 5,000 meter run at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday night at the Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas. Shay earned All-America status with his ninth-place finish, marking the fourth such honor is his career.
Shay, who went into the race as the fourth fastest qualifier (13:52.66) in his first attempt at an NCAA Indoor title, ran the race in a time of 14:02.35, 20 seconds behind 5,000 meter champion David Kimani of Alabama who finished in a time of 13:42.32.
Kimani, a sophomore, finished over a second ahead of second place finisher Matthew Lane of William and Mary.
While this was the first indoor championship for the Irish All-American, Shay has run in the outdoor championships where he posted back-to-back seventh place finishes in the 10,000 meters. He has also taken All-American honors in cross country during his career.
5,000 Meter Finals
1. David Kimani So. Alabama 13:42.32
2. Matthew Lane Sr. William and Mary 13:43.36
3. Keith Kelly Sr. Providence 13:50.44
4. Jonathan Riley Sr. Stanford 13:51.68
5. Murray Link Sr. Arkansas 13:52.31
6. Stephen Ondieki Sr. Fairleigh Dickinson 13:52.93
7. Daniel Lincoln So. Arkansas 13:58.98
8. Jared Cordes Sr. Wisconsin 14:02.10
9. RYAN SHAY Sr. NOTRE DAME 14:02.35
10. Tom McArdle So. Dartmouth 14:04.09
11. Louis Luchini So. Stanford 14:09.88
12. Ian Connor Sr. Ohio State 14:11.59
13. David Bazzi Sr. Washington 14:18.36
14. Curtis Moore Jr. Southern Utah 14:22.64
15. Emry Carr Sr. Ohio State 14:27.13
16. Mike Wisniewski Jr. Michigan 14:30.25