Janie Nolan

Cross-County
Janie Nolan

It’s not very often one can use the term “The Greatest” but in Janie Nolan’s case it is absolutely true.
Since high school girls Cross Country became a sport over 40 years ago she remains the city of Antioch’s
greatest female XC runner ever.
Coached by Mike Amorosa, Janie literally burst on to the XC scene . A s a ninth grader she was the 3 rd
fastest freshman in the Division 1 State Meet and was 1 st Team All -North Coast Section , qualifying for
her first State Meet where she finished as the 3 rd fastest freshman runner in the State of California in the
Division 1 race and the 4 th fastest N CS runner regardless of grade. Janie capped off her Track season by
setting a school record in the 3200 meters with a time of 10 :51. 75, breaking Sports Legends Hall of Fame
Inductee, Shane Felix’s school record by nearly 20 seconds.
As a sophomore in 1999 she would only get better winning her first league title and being named 1 st
Team All -North Coast Section for the second year after leading her team to the BVAL and NCS Titles .
However, the best was yet to come. In the California State Meet she finished 2 nd overall and led her
team to a 3 rd place finis h in the Division II race. This is 2 nd highest placing ever for an Antioc h High School
team in head to head competition, surpassed only by the 1998 Sports Legends Hall of Fame wrestling
team .
Near the end of her sophomore season Janie was dealt a serious setback, contracting mononucleosis
which carried over into her junior cros s country season. Despite this hurdle, Janie overcame the obstacle
and though not 100% won her second league title and her third 1 st Team Al l-North Coast Section award .
She would help her team qualify for the State Meet and would go on to finish 1 st for her team and 15 th
overall in the championship race.
Janie also qualified for the State Track M eet as a freshman, sophomore and j unior , was named to the CC
Times top 50 female athletes list all three years and was AHS ’s 2002 valedictorian.