Carey May Athlete Profile

Carey May

Carey May
Position: Distance Height: 5-4 Roster Years: 1982-1985 Hometown: Dublin Hall of Fame: 1996



All-America

  • 1982 AIAW 5,000 meters (Outdoor)
  • 1983 USTFCA 10,000 meters (Outdoor)
  • 1984 USTFCA 10,000 meters (Outdoor)

1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

The luck of the Irish fell on BYU while Carey May competed for the Cougars. Prior to her college career, In Dublin magazine named her the "First Lady of Irish Marathoners." During the years she ran for BYU, the native Dubliner proved herself a power in both intercollegiate meets and world-class competition.

May was a five-time All-American in cross country and distance running at BYU. Her five honors include a second-place finish at the 1981 AIAW Track Championships in the 5,000 meter race. Her final two All-America honors came at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships. In 1983 she finished second in the 10,000-meters, setting BYU and Irish national records with a time of 33:04.23. The next year she placed third in the same race, breaking her own BYU and Irish national records (32:51.23).

In 1981 May won All-Region AIAW and All-IAC cross country honors. The following year she was named to the All-Region VII and All-HCAC cross country and outdoor track teams; she was named All-HCAC cross country again in 1984.

In 1983 May soared onto the international running scene, becoming a top marathon contender by winning the Osaka Ladies Marathon with a time of 2:29.23 - a new collegiate and personal record. That same year, she was once again in the international spotlight after winning the Toronto Marathon, where she set a new course record (2:36.07).

May represented Ireland in the 1980 World Cross Country Championships, the 1982 European Championship Marathon, the 1983 World Championship Marathon, and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, where she finished 28th overall in the marathon. In 1984 she also finished second among the 10,500 competitors in the 10,000-meter Dublin Women's Road Race, the largest women's road race in the world; won both the 10,000-meter Quebec City Race and the Toronto 10,000-meter run; and placed sixth in the New York City Marathon. In 1985 she won the Osaka Marathon again, rewriting her own collegiate and personal records with a time of 2:28.07.

As a Cougar, May's hard work, love of running, and dedication benefited the BYU cross country team. In 1983 she finished 38th in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, helping BYU to a ninth-place team finish. At the 1984 NCAA Cross Country Championships, she placed 62nd to help the Cougars finish sixth.

At the time of her graduation, May held BYU records for the 10,000-meters outdoor (32:51.23) and the marathon (2:28.07).

A geography major, May also covered a lot of territory outside the classroom, bringing honor to herself, to BYU, and to her native land.

Personal

  • Hometown is Dublin, Ireland
  • B.S in geography from BYU

Career Highlights

  • Won All-Region AIAW and All-IAC cross country honors her freshman year
  • Named to the All-Region VII and All-HCAC cross country and track teams her sophomore year
  • Became a top marathon contender by winning the Osaka Ladies Marathon with a time of 2:29.23, a new collegiate and personal record 1983
  • Named All-HCAC cross country 1984
  • Represented Ireland in the Los Angeles Olympics 1984
  • At the time of graduation, she held BYU records for the 10,000-meters outdoor (32:51.23) and the marathon (2:28.07)

Before BYU

  • Holds the tenth best all-time world mark in the marathon (2:28.07
  • Won the Fiesta Bowl Marathon with a new course record of 2:36.59
  • Placed second in the San Francisco Marathon (2:38.32
  • Placed second in the 3000m in an Ireland vs. Greece dual
  • Placed 18th in the marathon at the European Track and Field Championships
  • Won the Osaka Ladies Marathon in 2:29.23
  • Won the Toronto Marathon is a course record 2:36.07
  • Competed for Ireland in the 1984 Olympic Games in the marathon, finishing 28th
  • Won the Osaka Marathon for the second time in 1985, finishing in a collegiate record time of 2:28.07

After BYU

  • Continued to run marathons 

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU hall of fame in 1996

Stats

BYU Indoor Record Holder: 5000m- 17:50.24
BYU Outdoor Record Holder: 5000m- 16:03.40; 10000m- 32:51.23; Marathon- 2:28.07


1982 | Freshman Year

  • Won All-Region AIAW and All-IAC cross country honors
  • Second-place finish at the AIAW Track Championships in the 5,000-meters to earn All-American honors
  • Represented Ireland in the European Championship Marathon

1983 | Sophomore Year

  • Named to the All-Region VII and All-HCAC cross country and track teams
  • Finished second in the 10,000-meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships to earn All-American honors
  • Set a BYU and Irish national record with a time of 33:04.23 in the 10,000-meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships
  • Became a top marathon contender by winning the Osaka Ladies Marathon with a time of 2:29.23, a new collegiate and personal record
  • Also won the Toronto Marathon and set a new record of 2:36.07
  • Represented Ireland in the World Championship Marathon
  • Finished 38th in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, helping BYU to a ninth-place team finish

1984 | Junior Year

  • Placed third in the 10,000-meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships to earn All-American honors
  • Broke her previous record from 1983 in the 10,000-meters with a time of 32:51.23
  • Named All-HCAC cross country
  • Represented Ireland in the Los Angeles Olympics
  • Also finished second among the 10,500 competitors in the 10,000-meter Dublin Women’s Road Race
  • Won both the 10,000-meter Quebec City Race and the Toronto 10,000-meter run
  • Place sixth in the New York City Marathon
  • Finished 62nd at the NCAA Cross Country Championships to help the Cougars finish sixth

1985 | Senior Year

  • At the time of graduation, she held BYU records for the 10,000-meters outdoor (32:51.23) and the marathon (2:28.07)
  • Won the Osaka Marathon again, rewriting her own collegiate and personal records with a time of 2:28.07