Patty O'Brien
Patty  O'Brien

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Maplewood, Minn.

High School:
North St. Paul HS

Event:
Distance

Birthdate:
02/17/1996

Experience:
1 Letter


05/12/2017

Gophers Lead B1G Day One

Temi Ogunrinde won the hammer throw and Cami Gilson finished third in the pole vault to lead the Gophers on day one

04/27/2017

Distance Gophers Open Competition at Drake

Minnesota's 4x1600m relay team placed sixth and Emily Betz took eighth in the 10,000m Thursday night

04/22/2017

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

04/08/2017

Gophers Wrap Up Sun Angel Classic

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

03/24/2017

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

05/14/2016

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.

06/09/2015

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.

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 (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 (2017 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 16:50.49 Kansas Relays Quad (4/22/17)
10,000m 35:15.35 Big Ten Championship (5/12/17)

MORE HEADLINES

Groundbreaking for T&F Stadium Set for Friday

10/17/2017

The University of Minnesota and Gopher Athletics will break ground on the new outdoor track & field facility on Friday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. CT.

Freshman Friday: Molly Roach

10/13/2017

Get to know Gophers rookie Molly Roach, a mid-distance runner from Bloomington, Minn.

Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Elyse Prescott

10/10/2017

Sophomore Elyse Prescott checks in before the Gophers travel to the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this week.

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