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RRCA Congratulates 2003 Roads Scholars Class
Kate O’Neill (Tenforde)
Kate O’Neill and her twin sister Laura grew up outside of Boston. They both attended Yale University. During their college careers, they earned 13 All-American honors between the two of them in track and cross country. While at Yale, Kate was seven-time All-American, ten-time Ivy League Champion, and was named NCAA Woman of the Year for Connecticut in 2003. She was three-time runner-up at the NCAA championships. Kate went to the Olympics Summer 1994 for 10,000 m after finishing third at trials for American women
They went out for cross country in 9th grade. They didn’t enjoy it at first, but quickly grew to enjoy and succeed at the sport. Their team won the State Cross Country Championship their Sophomore and Senior year. Laura went to U.S. Olympic Trials as well as Kate and finished seventh in the 10,000. She, like her sister, attended Yale University.
Nicole Jefferson Aish
Nicole was born Nicole Jefferson in Frankfurt, Germany. Because her dad was in the Army, her family moved around when she was growing up. She joined sports teams in order to make friends in new places. She walked on to the Western State College Cross Country team her freshman year. She won three NCAA Division II individual track titles before she graduated in 1999. After graduation, in 2002, she ran a 32:12 at the Cardinal Invitational in California on her first ever attempt at the 10,000 meter distance. The following year, she improved her 5,000 meter personal best to 15:20.51. She placed 11th at the Gate River Run 15K in Jacksonville in 2003. In 2005, she placed ninth place. She also finished tenth at the New York Road Runners 8K and placed third at the New Haven 20K in her build up to her first marathon. In 2005, she won the Twin Cities Marathon in 2:40:21.
Graff was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. I went to Oceanside High School in Long Island, where I basically grew up, and St. John’s University (in Jamaica, Queens). Chris Graff, who set a new personal 10,000-meter best of 28:03.11 this spring and then placed eighth in the 10,000 at the USA Championships in June, will run the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday. Graff, 29, is a former Nike Farm Team member now living in Arlington, Virginia. On the roads in 2005, he was third in the USA Ten-Mile in Louisville Kentucky (a race he won in 2003) in 48:09 and ninth in the USA 15K in Jacksonville in 44:48. Graff was fifth in the 10,000 at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. His marathon best is a 2:18:44 from the 2003 USA Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Graff was the 1998 Big East 10,000 champ while at St. John’s University.