With the win, Minnesota snaps host Kansas' streak of 11-consecutive wins at the season-opening meet.
Minnesota has boasted the individual champion at the Fall Finale for two-straight years.
Minnesota continues the 2014 season at the 2014 Jim Drews Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 18
The Gopher men will run Friday at 7 p.m. CT at Les Bolstad Golf Course.
Steve Plasencia has led the Gophers to three NCAA regional titles and 14 NCAA championship appearances.
Cole O'Brien Photo Gallery
Eight career races • six 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. • Finished 58th at the 2015 Roy Griak with a time of 26:07.5. • Turned in a fifth place finish at the Jim Drews Invitational with a time of 25:01.35. • Finished second at the SJU Fall Finale with a time of 25:09.
2014 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON
Ran in two races for the Gophers and contributed to team wins in both • opened the season at the Jim Drews Invitational in a Minnesota win, finishing 10th with a time of 25:13.48 -- a personal eight-kilometer record • placed fourth overall (third among attached runners) at the Fall Finale with a time of 25:38 in a win for the Gophers.
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.
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.
Son of Richard and Maren O'Brien.
|O'Brien's Career Bests|
|8K||25:01.35||Jim Drews Invitational (Oct. 17, 2015)|
|6K||19:42.6||Oz Memorial (Sept. 6, 2013)|
|Finish||2nd||Fall Finale (Nov. 6, 2015)|
Griak Feature: Martin Smith
Martin Smith is one of eight Roy Griak Invitational Hall of Fame inductees who will be honored at this year's meet.
Blankenship, Mead Shine in Olympic Finals
Mead and Blankenship recorded the best Olympic finishes by Gophers since Staffan Strand finished sixth in the high jump for Sweden during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Blankenship Punches Ticket to Olympic Final
Ben Blankenship (1,500) and Hassan Mead (5,000) will run in Olympic finals on Saturday night.