Kate & Laura O'Neill Earn Academic All-America Honors
The careers of twins Kate and Laura O'Neill (Milton, MA) may have come to an end, but the honors haven't stopped for the track and cross country stars. Both were named to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-America women's cross country/track & field first team.
Laura, an anthropology major with a 3.72 grade point average, earned three All-America honors this season. She finished fourth in the 10,000 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships earlier this month, fifth in the 5,000 at the indoor championships in March and 13th at the NCAA cross country championships in November.
Kate, a history major with a 3.62 GPA, had three second-place finishes in NCAA events this year. She was the runner-up in the 10,000 at the outdoor championship, the 5,000 at the indoor championships and the cross country championships.
Kate and Laura are the only female runners in Ivy League history to run under 16 minutes in the 5,000 meters as well as the only ones to go below 33 minutes in the 10,000. In May they were together named the Most Outstanding Performer at the Heptagonal Championships. Between them, they finished first and second in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 - finishing within a second of each other in all three events. Kate became the first woman to win the 5,000 three straight times and Laura was the first do so in the 10,000.