June 28, 2007

Yalies Compete At U.S. Nationals

June 28, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS--Two former Yale athletes competed at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend. Kate O'Neill finished fifth in the women's 10,000 meters, and Lucas Meyer competed in the men's 3000 meter steeplechase.

O'Neill, a 2004 Olympian in the event, finished in a time of 33:08.18, which just missed qualifying her for the World Championships. The top three finishers advanced to the Worlds in Osaka, Japan, at the end of August. Her top time this season is 32:15.15.

A 2003 Yale graduate, O'Neill won three 5000 meter Heptagonal championships. Along with her twin sister, Laura, Kate was named the most outstanding performer at Outdoor Heps in 2003. She finished second in the NCAA Championships in three different events (cross country, indoor 500 meters, outdoor 10,000 meters).

Meyer was 10th in his heat of the 3000 meter steeplechase. His time of 8:45.72 was good for 20th place overall in the event. Meyer's best time this season is 8:41.70.

The 2005 Yale graduate holds the school record in the steeplechase with a time of 8:36.39, which he set while placing 12th in the 2005 NCAA Championships. Meyer was a Third Team Academic All-America and earned All-American status in cross country after finishing 18th in the 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships. He placed second at Heps and third at NCAA Regionals that year, while winning the 5000 meters indoors and steeplechase outdoors at both Heps and IC4As.

Report filed by Joe Clifford, Yale Sports Publicity

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