Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., son of Joe and Susan Shay ... brother, Ryan, won the NCAA Div. I National Championships in the 10K while attending Notre Dame ... brother, Casey, won the NAIA steeplechase while attending Lubbock Christian ... enjoys hiking and photography-specifically wilderness scenes ... majoring in kinesiology.
Four-time all-state selection at Central Lake High School ... four-time conference champion and three-time regional champion ... captured the state Division IV individual title as a senior ... broke the state Division IV cross country record with a time of 15:35 a senior ... set 12 meet or course records ... named academic all-state on three occasions ... won every meet during his senior season.
2007 (Outdoor): 27th at the Spartan Invitational in the 800m (1:58.06) ... second at the Spartan Invitational in the 1500m (3:54.60) ... 18th at the Big Ten Championships in the 5000m (14:56.81) ... ran 31:06.97 in the 10000m at the Stanford Invitational.
2007 (Indoor): Third at the Chippewa Open in the Mile (4:14.86) ... fifth at the RS/JH Invitational in the 3000m (8:18.43) ... eighth at the Meyo Invitational in the 5000m (14:23.06).
2006 (Cross Country): second at the Jeff Drenth Memorial at Central Michigan (14:34.0) ... first at the Spartan Invitational at Michigan State (24:58) ... 33rd at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota (25:33.4) ... 16th at the Pre-NCAA Meet at Indiana State University (24:03) ... 14th at the Big Ten Championships at Indiana (24:50) to earn All-Big 10 honors ... 12th at the Great Lakes Regional at Bowling Green (31:33.80) ... 142nd at the NCAA Championships at Indiana State University (32:59.2).
2006 (Outdoor): Competed at the NCAA Mideast Regional, placing 14th in the 5000m (15:02.35) ... Finished second and ran a personal best at the Hillsdale Relays with a time of 14:07.25 in the 5000m ... Placed fourth and ran a personal best at the Central Michigan Triangular with a time of 3:57.68 in the 1500m... Placed seventh at the Big Ten Championships in the 5000m (14:17.22) ... Posted a 1:53.69 in the 800m at the Spartan Invitational.
2006 (Indoor): Ran a team-best indoor time of 14:17.64 in the 5000m, placing 10th at the Iowa State Classic ... Finished fourth in the mile at the Notre Dame Opener (4:13.94) ... Placed 12th in the 5000m at the Big Ten Championships.
2005 (Cross Country): Redshirted ... led Michigan State and finished second overall at both of the Spartans' first two meets of the season, the Jeff Drenth Memorial (15:41) and the Spartan Invitational (24:46) ... ran both meets unattached.
2004 (Cross Country): Paced the Spartans with a third-place finish at the Jeff Drenth Memorial (15:26.7) and a seventh-place finish at the Spartan Invitational (25:03.0) ... placed 53rd at the Notre Dame Invitational ... ran a 24:56.7 at the Pre-NCAA meet ... Placed 37th at the Big Ten Championships (25:12.0) ... Finished 30th at the Great Lakes Regional (31:02.9) and 220th at the NCAA Championships (34:16.7).
2008 | Junior Year
Ran the 1500m in 3:50.45 at the ASU Invitational ... ran at the Stanford Invitational in the 5000 m with a time of 14:13.29 ... finished second in his first 10,000 meter outdoor competition at the MWC Championships in 30:46.08.