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.
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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)|
Catching Up with Coach
GopherSports.com caught up with Minnesota Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia to talk about all things Maroon & Gold.
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