Madeline Strandemo won the 3,000m steeplechase in a meet record time to lead the Gophers on day one at the Raleigh Relays
Madeline Strandemo won the mile to lead the Gophers to a fourth-place team finish at the 2017 B1G Indoor Championship
Emerald Egwim, Emma Spagnola, and Kimberly Golding all broke Minnesota program records on day one of the B1G Championship
As part of its three-meet weekend, a number of Gophers are competing at the Iowa State Classic Friday and Saturday
Madeline Strandemo ran the second-fastest mile in program history to lead Minnesota on day two at the Meyo Invite
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)|
|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)|
|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 Earn Two Third-Place Finishes
Minnesota wrapped up competition at the Raleigh Relays with a pair of third-place finishes in the 800m and 4x800m relay on Saturday.
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.
B1G Honors Wiebke with Weekly Award
Taylor Wiebke is the Big Ten Conference leader in the high jump after clearing 1.80m (5-10.75) last weekend.