Patty O'Brien
Patty  O'Brien

RS Sophomore

Maplewood, Minn.

High School:
North St. Paul HS




Gophers Win Team Crown at KU Relays

Minnesota won 10 event titles to edge host Kansas for the team title at the KU Relays Quadrangular Saturday


Gophers Wrap Up Sun Angel Classic

Kimberly Golding won the 100m hurdles to lead the Gophers on day two at the Sun Angel Classic


Gophers Kick Off Raleigh Relays

Madeline Strandemo won the 3,000m steeplechase in a meet record time to lead the Gophers on day one at the Raleigh Relays


Gophers Finish Fourth at B1G Meet

Madeline Strandemo won the mile to lead the Gophers to a fourth-place team finish at the 2017 B1G Indoor Championship


Records Fall on B1G Day One

Emerald Egwim, Emma Spagnola, and Kimberly Golding all broke Minnesota program records on day one of the B1G Championship


2016 Big Ten Women's Track Championship Day One

Photos from day one of the 2016 Big Ten Conference Women's Track & Field Championship. Photos by Becky Miller.


Patty O'Brien

Photos of track and field student athlete Patty O'Brien.

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2017 Season - Indoor: Ran five races • ran a career-best 9:44.29 in the 3,000m at the Iowa State Classic • ran a career-best 16:46.09 in the 5,000m at the Meyo Invite • finished as runner-up in the mile (5:01.54) at the Minnesota Open • ran on Minnesota’s eighth-place 4x800m relay (11:28.58) and placed 20th in the 5,000m (17:04.23) at the Big Ten Championship.

2016 Season - Indoor: Ran six races, running career-best times in three events • placed 22nd in the 3,000m in a career-best 9:52.39 at the Big Ten Championship • finished fourth in the mile in a career-best 4:58.40 at the Parents Day Invite • placed 13th in the 5,000m in a career-best 17:15.34 at the Meyo Invite.

2016 Season - Outdoor: Ran six races • ran a career-best 36:06.86 to place 17th in the 10,000m at the Big Ten Championship• ran a career-best 4:36.27 in the 1,500m to place fifth at the Tommie Twilight • won the 5,000m in a career-best 17:13.39 at the Kip Janvrin Open.

2015 Season: Competed unattached during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.

High School: A 2014 graduate of North St. Paul High School • four-year track & field letterwinner and two-year cross country letterwinner • joined cross country as a junior after playing soccer for two years • two-time state qualifier in cross country, finishing sixth at the 2013 Minnesota Class AA state cross country championships as a senior after placing 24th as a junior • 2013 Classic Suburban Conference champion in cross country • two-time all-state and all-conference honoree in cross country • placed 12th in the 3,200m at the 2014 Minnesota Class AA state track & field championships as a senior • 2013 and 2014 Classic Suburban Conference champion in the 1,600m • holds North St. Paul school records in 800m and 3,200m • also played soccer and hockey in high school • National Honor Society member.

Personal: Born February 17, 1996 • daughter of Peter and Diane O'Brien • has six siblings, Tom, Jim, Joe, Mary, Petey and Cathie • sister Mary played soccer at the University of Minnesota from 2010-11 • brother Jim played hockey at the University of Minnesota and in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils • enjoys skating, playing hockey and soccer, dancing and watching movies • intends to major in elementary education.

O'Brien's Indoor Career Bests (2017 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
Mile 4:58.40 Parents Day Invite (2/20/16)
3,000m 9:44.29 Iowa State Classic (2/10/17)
5,000m 16:46.09 Meyo Invite (2/3/17)
O'Brien's Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
1,500m 4:36.27 Tommie Twilight (5/4/16)
3,000m 10:09.33 (UA) Janis Rider Invitational (4/25/15)
5,000m 17:13.39 Kip Janvrin Open (4/29/16)
10,000m 36:06.86 Big Ten Championship (5/13/16)


Esser Earns B1G Weekly Honors


The B1G leader in the discus, Agnes Esser is this week's Big Ten Conference Field Athlete of the Week.

Bingle Meets with Media


Director of women's track & field and cross country Matt Bingle reflects on the Kansas Relays and looks ahead to this week's competition.

Gophers to Split Squad at Four Meets


Minnesota will compete at Simpson College, Drake, Texas, and Macalester this week.

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