Julie Shea is a 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

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.)[3]

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.[4][5][6][7][8]

Shea was part of the inaugural class of the NC State Athletic Hall of Athletic Fame.[9]

Post college

In the 1990s, Shea was thrice elected to Raleigh City Council.[3] She currently coaches CoolKidsRun in Raleigh.[2]


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  2. ^ a b Stevens, Tim (June 19, 2012). "Julie Shea and Wesley Frazier share a love of running". Newsobserver.com. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  3. ^ a b NCPrepTrack.com . . . Julie Shea (Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, NC)
  4. ^ "Julie Shea, the first woman athlete ever to receive..." UPI. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  5. ^ "Julie Shea, Runner, Named Top Female Athlete of '80". The New York Times. 1981-01-09. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  6. ^ Writer, LISA D. MICKEY Staff Sports. "SHEA-GRAW REKINDLING FIRE". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  7. ^ "Track & Field". CWSA. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  8. ^ "Past Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Winners (Honda Cup)". CWSA. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  9. ^ "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.