Molly Eastman and Paige Peschel led the Gophers at the Drake Relays on Thursday night
Matt Bingle was named the 2018 Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year
Gophers Kaitlyn Long, Agnes Esser, and Nayoka Clunis recorded the top-three weight throw marks in program history
No. 10 Minnesota split the squad at three meets at Iowa State, Vandervilt, and St. Thomas on Friday evening
Minnesota won the 600m and 5,000m on day one of the Power Five Invite hosted by Michigan
2018 Season - Indoor: Named Minnesota’s Big Ten Women’s Indoor Track & Field Sportsmanship Award recipient • ran five races • ran a season-best 4:58.49 in the mile at the Larry Wieczorek Invite • ran a season-best 9:45.85 in the 3,000m at the Iowa State Classic • ran a season-best 16:56.24 to place third in the 5,000m at the Power Five Invite • placed third in the unseeded section of the 5,000m (16:57.60) at the Big Ten Championship.
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.
2017 Season - Outdoor: Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten • ran five races • placed 16th in the 10,000m in a career-best 35:15.35 and took 18th in the 5,000m (17:34.31) at the Big Ten Championship • ran a career-best 16:50.49 to win the 5,000m at the Kansas Relays Quadrangular • ran a season-best 4:36.40 in the 1,500m at the Sun Angel Classic.
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 • major is Elementary Education.
|O'Brien's Indoor Career Bests (2018 Final)|
|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 (2017 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||16:50.49||Kansas Relays Quad (4/22/17)|
|10,000m||35:15.35||Big Ten Championship (5/12/17)|
Gophers to Send 14 to NCAA Championship
5/27/2018 - W. Track & Field
No. 11 Minnesota wrapped up the NCAA West Prelim with four more qualifications for the national meet on Saturday.
Five More Gophers Advance
5/25/2018 - W. Track & Field
Emma Spagnola, Emerald Egwim, Titania Markland, Agnes Esser, and Madeline Strandemo secured NCAA Championship berths.
Four Gophers Advance to NCAA Finals
5/25/2018 - W. Track & Field
Four Gophers punched their tickets to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship on day one of the NCAA West Prelim.