The Gophers scored seven points in the B1G hammer throw final on Friday afternoon
Agnes Esser and Rachel Schow both won two events to lead the Gophers at the Tommie Twilight
Patty O'Brien wins the 5,000m at the Kip Janvrin Invite to lead the Gophers on Friday
Minnesota continued its record-breaking weekend on day two of the Virginia Challenge Saturday
Madeline Strandemo placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Ally McSherry was sixth in the 1,500-meter run to lead Minnesota
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 (2016 Final)|
|Mile||4:58.40||Parents Day Invite (2/20/16)|
|3,000m||9:52.39||Big Ten Championship (2/26/16)|
|5,000m||17:15.34||Meyo Invite (2/5/16)|
|O'Brien's Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|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)|
Gophers Welcome Two New Staff Members
Director of operations Lyndsey Thorpe and athletic trainer Sarah Wambheim have joined the Gopher Athletics staff.
Spotakova Earns Olympic Bronze in Javelin
Gophers All-American Barbora Spotakova threw 64.80m in to place third in the javelin at the Rio Olympic Games.
Gophers to Visit Minnesota State Fair
Golden Gopher teams and coaches are scheduled to appear at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 29-31.