Janie Nolan

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.