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Julie Shea is a former American long-distance runner and politician.

Early life

While at Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, she was the first Track and Field News "High School Athlete of the Year" in 1977[1] Her national record for female high-school mile was unbroken until 2012, when Wesley Frazier beat it.[2]

College career

At her time at North Carolina State lead the cross country team to two national titles, won two individual cross country championships,[3][4] and won 5 individual Track and Field titles.[5][6]

While in track and field at North Carolina State she became, in 1980 and 1981, the only female athlete honored with the Anthony J. McKevlin Award noting athlete of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. (In 1990, the award began to be awarded only to male athletes and a separate award was started to honor women.)[7]

In 1980, she won the Broderick Award (now the Honda Sports Award) as the nation's best female collegiate track and field athlete and the same award for cross country in 1981. In addition, she was awarded the Broderick Cup, given to the nation's best female collegiate athlete.[8][9][10][11][12]

In 1993 Shea was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and in 20012 she was part of the inaugural class of the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame.[13]

Notable marathoning achievements

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1981 New York City Marathon New York City, United States 3rd 2:30:11,6
1981 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 4th 2:30:54

Post college

In the 1990s, Shea was thrice elected to Raleigh City Council.[7] She currently coaches CoolKidsRun in Raleigh.[2]


  1. ^ "Track & Field News - the Bible of the Sport Since 1948". Archived from the original on 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  2. ^ a b Stevens, Tim (June 19, 2012). "Julie Shea and Wesley Frazier share a love of running". Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "1979 AIAW Cross Country Championships" (PDF).
  4. ^ "1980 AIAW Cross Country Championships" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Track Record Book 22 23 (PDF)" (PDF). NC State University Athletics. Retrieved 2022-10-05.
  6. ^ "1981 AIAW Track and Field Championships".
  7. ^ a b . . . Julie Shea (Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, NC)
  8. ^ "Julie Shea, the first woman athlete ever to receive..." UPI. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  9. ^ "Julie Shea, Runner, Named Top Female Athlete of '80". The New York Times. 1981-01-09. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  10. ^ Writer, LISA D. MICKEY Staff Sports. "SHEA-GRAW REKINDLING FIRE". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  11. ^ "Track & Field". CWSA. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  12. ^ "Past Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Winners (Honda Cup)". CWSA. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  13. ^ "NC State's 2012 Hall of Fame Class: Julie Shea - NC State University Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-05-01.