Kathleen Shay


Player profile

  • Hometown Middletown, N.J.
  • Last School Middletown South
  • Year Senior
  • Major Biomedical Engineering

Personal Records: 6k (XC) – 22:21.1 | 5k (XC) – 18:36.9 | 5000 – 20:29.82

Ohio State Career

  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection in cross country and track in 2021 and 2022
  • As a true freshman, was a part of the record-setting 2019 Ohio State team that finished 23rd nationally at the NCAA championships; one of seven Buckeyes on the championship meet roster
  • Competed at 2019 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships


  • Cross Country
    • Raced at Notre Dame
  • Earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten accolades


  • Cross Country
    • Did not compete
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten choice


  • Cross Country
    • Set 6k personal best of 22:21.1 at Great Lakes regional championships
    • Raced at NCAA Championships, with a time of 23:17.5
    • Recorded career best 5k time of 18:36.9 at Jenna Strong XC Invitational in October

Prior to Ohio State

  • Helped Middletown win two sectional cross country titles
  • Named to the 2018 All-Shore cross country team


  • Daughter of Padraic, a member of the track and field team at Seton Hall, and Susan
  • Has two siblings, Christopher and Rosemary
  • Biomedical engineering major on pre-medicine track; intends to go to medical school
  • Does research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and volunteers regularly with The Ronald McDonald House Charities and Hospice of Central Ohio
  • Enjoys doing anything outdoors and is a big traveler