Minnesota celebrated the 2016 cross country season with its annual team awards banquet Sunday
Thirteen Gophers have been honored by the Big Ten Conference for academics this fall
Minnesota wrapped up the 2016 season with Madeline Strandemo representing the team at the NCAA Championship
Three Gophers placed among the top-12 individual finishers to lead Minnesota at the Midwest Regional
Patty O'Brien is Minnesota's 2016 B1G Women's Cross Country Sportsmanship Award recipient
2016 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Named Minnesota's Big Ten Cross Country Sportsmanship Award recipient and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • competed in six meets this season • finished among Minnesota’s top seven runners at all six meets • ran a career-best 5k time of 17:37.8 to finish fourth on the team and 90th overall at the Notre Dame Invitational • ran a season-best 6K time of 21:53.5 to place 97th as the sixth Gopher at the NCAA Midwest Regional • made Big Ten Championship debut, placing 61st as the seventh Gopher in 22:45.3.
2015 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Named Academic All-Big Ten honoree • ran five races • ran a career-best 21:39.2 as the eighth Gopher in 63rd place at the Big Ten Championship • placed 18th overall as the second Gopher in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (21:39.3) • finished sixth on the team and 16th overall at the Oz Memorial (22:58.4) • placed eighth on the team at both the Griak Invitational (23:25.8) and the Greater Louisville Classic 5K (18:10.63) • served as an alternate at the NCAA Midwest Regional and NCAA Championship.
2014 • Freshman Season: Competed in five races as an unattached runner.
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 • elementary education major.
|O'Brien's Postseason Appearances|
|Year||Big Tens||Midwest Regional||NCAA Championship|
|2016||61st, 22:45.3||97th, 21:20.6||DNC|
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