Sept. 12, 2003
Former Yale track star Kate O'Neill was selected as the Connecticut winner of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which was announced on September 12. This prestigious award honors outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership, and have completed their collegiate athletics eligibility. A summary of O'Neill's accomplishments:
Academic achievement: 3.63 GPA. Major: History. Graduated with Distinction in May 2003.
Athletic achievement: Outdoor Track: Mondo Northeast District Track and Field Athlete of the Year, 2003. All-American in the 5,000-meter run. Owns school records for the 3,000-meter, 5,000-meter, and 10,000-meter runs. Indoor Track: National runner-up in the 5,000-meter run 2003; all-American, 2002. Cross Country: National runner-up, 2002; all-American, 2000, 2001. Recipient of the Nellie P. Elliott Award, given to the senior woman whose excellence in athletics and in life best represent ideals of sportsmanship and Yale tradition.
Service and Leadership: Leadership coordinator for the community center, Harmony Place, for the homeless. Served as a tutor for elementary schools. Played an active role in organization, that runs fundraisers and disburses funds to different community organizations.
Hometown: Milton, Massachusetts.
Ten finalists for the National award will be announced in late September, and the winner will be announced at the 2003 NCAA Woman of the Year dinner Saturday, November 1, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. This is the thirteenth year that this award - one of the top honors the NCAA bestows - will be given.
About 340 student-athletes were nominated for this year's award by their colleges and universities. A committee comprised of representatives from member schools selected the state winners.