Donohue was a successful distance
runner for the Crusaders, competing in both cross country events
and indoor and outdoor distance events. He won the New
England cross country championship twice during his Holy Cross
career, and finished third overall in the IC4A championship in New
York City, the first finisher of the eastern entries. He was
undefeated in dual meets for three years, setting course records at
Yale, Brown, Franklin Park and Holy Cross. In his senior
year, he was the top cross-country runner in the east.
In track, Donohue finished fourth in the National Championship three-mile run in 1957. He won three consecutive New England one-mile championships and also achieved two third-place and one second place finish on doubles in those meets. Over a three-year period, he won 27 straight dual meet mile events. Donohue set school records in the two mile event in both indoor and outdoor track, the three mile run in indoor track, and ran on the two-mile relay team that ran fourth best in the nation. In 1957, he placed third in the Tousaint two-mile run in New York. In the IC4A Championships, he had four third place finishes, facing competition from colleges from as far away as Michigan and south to Virginia.
Following Holy Cross, Donohue taught at Doherty High School in Worcester and coached track at St. John's High School in Shrewsbury.