High School: John lettered in both cross country and track while attending Battle Mountain High School in Minturn, Colo. He was named all-league in cross country and track and was named all-state in cross country and in the 4x800 meters, mile and two mile in track. He was the cross country regional champion three times and Colorado state champion twice. He holds several school records, including the 4x400 meters (3:28) and 4x800 meters (7:52). At the Arcadia Invite, he ran 9:16.88 for the 3,200 meters. He was cross country team captain in 2006 and 2007.
Personal: John was born July 6, 1990, to Bill O'Neill. He has a sister, Allison. He is majoring in business and Spanish.