Steve Plasencia has led the Gophers to three NCAA regional titles and 14 NCAA championship appearances.
GOPHERS CAREER Six career races • four top-10 finishes.
2015 | REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON Opened the season with a 24th-place finish at the Bill Timmons Dual Classic, running the six-kilometer course in 20:20.8.
2013 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Competed in three meets for the Gophers during the 2013 season • opened the year at the Oz Memorial with a time of 19:42.6, finishing seventh • clocked a 26:29.4 at the Griak Invitational to finish 178th • closed out the season with a fourth-place finish at the Fall Finale, crossing the finish line at 25:24.
2012 | FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirted the 2012 cross country season • competed in one event as an unattached runner, placing 33rd at the Oz Memorial with a time of 20:19.30.
HIGH SCHOOL A 2011 graduate of Burnsville High School • finished eighth at the Roy Griak Invitational as a senior and went on to set a 5,000 meter personal record of 15:40.1 at the NXN Nike Cross Heartland Regional (finished seventh) • placed second at the 2010 Minnesota State Cross Country Championships as a junior after winning the MSHSL Section 3AA Championships.
PERSONAL Son of Richard and Maren O'Brien.
O'Brien's Career Bests
Jim Drews Invitational (Oct. 10, 2014)
Oz Memorial (Sept. 6, 2013)
Fall Finale (Nov. 8, 2013)/Fall Finale (Nov. 11, 2014)