Kate O'Neill Makes U.S. Olympic Team

Kate O'Neill Makes U.S. Olympic Team

July 16, 2004

Former Yale track star Kate O'Neill '03 qualified for the U.S. Olympic team Friday night in Sacramento, placing third in the 10,000-meter run (32:07.25) at the Olympic trials. She is the first Yale distance runner to make the Olympics since Frank Shorter in 1976.

O'Neill trailed only Deena Kastor (whose 31:09.65 broke the Olympic Trials and U.S. Championships records) and Elva Dryer (31:58.14). Katie McGregor was the closest runner behind O'Neill, finishing in 32:33.87. O'Neill's twin sister Laura, also a former Bulldog, finished seventh (33:04.23).

The top three finishers who have met the Olympic A qualifying standard make the U.S. Olympic roster. Kate O'Neill met the A standard (31:45) with a 31:34.27 at Stanford's Cardinal Invitational April 30. Kastor will run the marathon and not the 10K in Athens.

The women's 10K is scheduled for 9:50 PM Athens time (2:50 PM Eastern Daylight time) on Friday, August 27. At the 2000 Olympics, Ethiopia's Derartu Tulu won the gold with an Olympic record time of 30:17.49.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department