Taylor Mikkalson, Katie Murgic and Lyndsey Thorpe won events to lead the Gophers Friday
Minnesota had 10 top-10 finishes at the Janis Rider Invitational Saturday
Minnesota hosts its final home meet of the 2015 season this Saturday
Erin Hawkins ran a career-best 24.14 in the 200m to move into second among all-time Gopher sprinters
Minnesota wrapped up action at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational Saturday
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 (2015 Final)|
|Mile||5:02.54 (UA)||Parents Day Invite (2/21/15)|
|3,000m||10:09.67 (UA)||St. Thomas (2/13/15)|
|O'Brien's Outdoor Career Bests (2015 Final)|
|1,500m||4:41.59 (UA)||Tommie Twilight (4/29/15)|
|3,000m||10:09.33 (UA)||Janis Rider Invitational (4/25/15)|
|5,000m||17:29.50 (UA)||UW-La Crosse Eagle Open (5/8/15)|
Bucknam Receives Sportsmanship Award
Gophers alum Kate Bucknam is one of four 2014-15 NCAA Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Awards recipients.
Gophers Announce 2016 Track Schedule
The Gophers host the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual on Jan. 23 to highlight the 2016 indoor season.
Gophers at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair
Meet your favorite Gopher student-athletes and coaches at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.