PRs: 9:39.35 (2004)
Born: 1981 in Springfield, Ill
Current Residence: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Sacred Heart-Griffin HS (Springfield, Ill.) 00
College: Nebraska 04
Coach: Jay Dirksen
Club: Team Nebraska Brooks
Career Highlights: 2004 Olympic Trials champion; 2004 Big 12 champion; Two-time Illinois High School Class AA 3,200m champion (98 & 00); 1998 Illinois Class AA state cross country champion
Gaffigan took the U.S. by surprise after she set an American record at the time in the womens steeplechase to win the 2004 Olympic Trials. She won the title after Briana Shook was disqualified for running around the first water jump. Although Shook is the current American record holder, Gaffigan still holds the U.S. championship record in the steeple. Gaffigan began competing in the steeple her freshman year at Nebraska at the suggestion of her coach. She had solid year in 2003 as a member of the Husker distance team, picking up points at the Big 12 Championships in the mile run and the distance medley relay indoors and the 3,000m steeplechase outdoors. She graduated with a 3.88 GPA in computer science and is a volunteer assistant track coach for Nebraskawebmaster for steeplechics.com.
2004: Olympic Trials champion (9:39.35); NCAA Midwest Region champion (10:30); Big 12 Outdoors champion (10:17.92); 5th in at NCAA Outdoors (9:59.75); 5th in steeple at Reiti (10:01.77); 24th at Tufts 10k (35:57); 9th at Aramco Houston Half-Marathon (1:17:12); 4th in 3,000m (9:36.05i) & 5th in Mile (4:48.91i) at Big 12 Indoor Championships. Ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 9:39.35.
2003: 6th at NCAA Midwest Regional (10:47.42); 6th at Big 12 Outdoor Championships (11:08.91); 1st in 1,000m at Panther Classic (2:56.64); best of 10:47.42.
2002: 1st in Mile at Nebraska Invitational (4:49.26); best of 4:49.26.
2001: 1st in Steeple at LA (10:35.36) 3rd in Steeple at Big 12 Outdoor Championships (10:45.09)...2nd in Mile at Big 12 Indoor Championships (4:46.44i)...3,000m at the Tyson Invitational (9:35.84iPR); 800m at Nebraska Last Chance Meet (2:11.82iPR); best of 10:35.36.
2000: Illinois high school Class AA 3,200m champion (10:27.73); best of 10:27.73.