High School Running Star Recruited for the Mile

Shane Beyer ’16 will balance track, cross country and academics this year at Manhattan.

As the oldest of four, Shane Beyer ’16 has always been a role model. Now, this star athlete is on his way to begin a college career running NCAA Division 1 track and cross country for the Jaspers.

Shane BeyerBeyer was recruited for the mile during high school and is thrilled to improve his running at Manhattan College.

“I heard that college running is an experience in itself, and I’m looking forward to that,” Beyer says. “My friend who also runs for Manhattan had such a great experience and told me while I was considering the College, ‘your teammates are going to be your best friends for the next four years.’”

“I expect Shane to compete for one of our top seven spots on the cross country team this year. He has had a good summer of base training that will help him improve off a strong high school career,” says Dan Mecca, head coach of the cross country and track and field teams at Manhattan College. “I’m sure Shane will also be a help to the track program from the mile to the 5000-meter events both this coming indoor and outdoor seasons.”

The avid runner is not only a running enthusiast but also a former high school soccer and baseball player. Beyer took his passion for sports and started a blog for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League, a summer league with some of the top college baseball players in the country.

The Brick, N.J., resident has spent many summer vacations in Cape Cod, and was inspired to start the fan blog in 2008 because the team did not have much online coverage.

“Once Twitter became popular, I made an account for my blog online and that was how it really took off,” Beyer says.

The success of his Orleans Firebirds blog resulted in an opportunity to write for Boston Sports U18, a website that covers all Boston sports and recruits writers under age 18. Thanks to this position, he had the chance to sit in the press box at Fenway Park while covering a game for the Orleans Firebirds.

Beyer attended Brick High School, was a member of the National Honor Society and also involved in the Christian Surfers Chapter of Manasquan, N.J. Initially he considered studying sports journalism in college, but after taking Advanced Placement physics during his junior and senior years, Beyer decided to pursue civil engineering at Manhattan.

I expect Shane to compete for one of our top seven spots on the cross country team this year. —Coach Dan Becca

He looks forward to learning more about engineering in the coming year and, in particular, his introductory course this fall.

“I want to learn how physics and calculus come together in engineering,” he adds.

As he begins the year, Beyer is also excited for the new freedom and responsibilities of living with four suitemates, and the chance to visit midtown Manhattan frequently.

And there’s no doubt this new Jasper will be found running the hills of Riverdale and the trails of Van Cortlandt Park come this fall.