Ryan Shay, the 28-year-old American distance runner who collapsed and died during Saturday's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in New York City, is the older brother of BYU distance runner Stephan Shay.
Stephan Shay, a junior, is in his first year of competition with the Cougars after transferring from Michigan State.
The brothers are among the eight children of Joe and Susan Shay, the track and cross country coaches at Michigan's Central Lake High. The parents were not at the trials but traveling with runners to the Michigan state cross country championships.
Stephan Shay was in Provo this weekend as a full-time student and training for next week's NCAA Mountain Regional cross country championships in Ogden.
Competing for Notre Dame, Ryan Shay won the school's first individual track title, claiming an NCAA 10,000 meters championship. He later won the 2003 U.S. marathon, the 2003 and 2004 U.S. half-marathons, the 2004 U.S. 20K and 2004 15K.
Another brother, Patrick, won the NAIA steeplechase title while at Lubbock Christian.
This fall, Stephan Shay placed second at BYU's Autumn Classic four-mile (winning Mountain West Conference athlete-of-the-week honors) and at the University of Arizona's Dave Murray Invitational 6K. He also finished 17th at the Notre Dame Invitational and 26th in the Pre-Nationals blue race.
In high school, he won all of his senior-year races, including the Michigan Division IV title.