Tyler O'Brien Topples Marquette 200-Meter Record

Tyler O'Brien smashed his own record in the 200-meter dash.

May 7, 2011

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VILLANOVA, Pa. - Sprinter Tyler O'Brien set a Marquette University record with a time of 21.05 seconds to top all finishers in the preliminary heats of the men's 200-meter dash Saturday afternoon at the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium.


"We had a lot of good performances today, highlighted by Tyler in the 200-meter dash," Marquette head track and field coach Bert Rogers said. "Tyler came out in the 200 and ran a really good race. He probably felt like he had something to prove after not making the finals in the 100 earlier today. He showed that the 200 is definitely his race."

O'Brien's time is the best in the BIG EAST this season and betters his previous school record of 21.23 seconds recorded during his freshman season of 2008. His mark is among the top-35 times recorded in the west region of the NCAA this season and helps further distance his school record from 1932 and 1936 Olympian Ralph Metcalfe (21.34 seconds), who is No. 2 all-time at MU. The Rocky Hill, Conn., native will go for Marquette's third individual BIG EAST title Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. CT in the finals of the 200 meters. 

O'Brien also competed in the 100-meter dash, and although he finished second in his preliminary heat with a time of 10.65 seconds, he placed 10th overall and failed to qualify for Sunday's final heat.

Sophomore Kyle Winter also advanced to Sunday's finals in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.57 to place second in his preliminary heat and sixth overall. Tomorrow's final in the men's 800 meters is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CT.

"I was very impressed by the marks turned in by Kyle in the 800 and Blake (Johnson) in the steeplechase. We also had several personal bests, highlighted by Courtney Kelly in the women's steeplechase. We have some positives to build off of and are looking forward to a good day tomorrow," Rogers said.

The Marquette men earned points Saturday afternoon from junior Blake Johnson in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and high jumpers Cheldon Brown and Michael Saindon. Johnson notched a time of 9:07.12 to place seventh, the highest BIG EAST finish of his career, and earn two points for the Golden Eagles. Brown and Saindon finished tied for sixth and eighth place, respectively, to earn MU a total of 3.50 points. 

Marquette received personal-best performances from Courtney Kelly in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and freshman Kristen Gaffey in the shot put. Kelly finished the steeplechase in 10:53.46 to place 11th, while Gaffey was ninth in the shot put with a distance of 44 feet, 6 inches (13.56 meters).

After setting the school record in the long jump last weekend at the Stan Lyons Invitational, freshman Carlye Schuh placed 10th in the long jump with a mark of 18 feet, 7 3/4 inches (5.68 meters). The distance and finish are the highest ever for a Marquette women's long jumper at the BIG EAST meet.

The Marquette men and women both end the day in 12th place with 8.50 and 5 points, respectively.

Sunday action is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CT with the men's discus and run through the men's 1,600-meter relay at 1:35 p.m. CT.

In addition to live results provided by the BIG EAST Conference, the meet is streamed live on BIGEAST.tv.

Current Standings (as of May 7)
Men (Through 8 Events Scored)
1. Louisville 70
2. Connecticut 64
3. Notre Dame 47.50
4. Syracuse 29
5. Rutgers 22
T-6. Villanova 13
T-6. Pittsburgh 13
8. USF 12
T-9. DePaul 11
T-9. Cincinnati 11
T-9. Georgetown 11
12. Marquette 8.50 

Women (Through 8 Events Scored)
1. Louisville 50
T-2. USF 44
T-2. Syracuse 44
4. West Virginia 41
5. Connecticut 24
6. DePaul 23
7. Cincinnati 20
T-8. Notre Dame 18
T-8. Villanova 18
10. Pittsburgh 12
11. Georgetown 7
12. Marquette 5
13. Rutgers 4
14. Providence 2 

 

BIG EAST Outdoor Championships (Villanova, Pa.)
Friday, May 6-Sunday, May 8
(Completed events are in BOLD) (*Qualified for Sunday's finals)

Women's Event Student-Athlete Place Personal Record (MU Rank) Points
400-meter dash
Preliminary Round
Gretchen Homan
Kate Hein
Stephanie Grant
Prelims
22

23
24
57.35 seconds (Preliminary Round)
57.55 seconds (Preliminary Round)
57.91 seconds (Preliminary Round)
-
-
-
3,000-meter steeplechase
Finals
Courtney Kelly 11

10:53.46 (PR) (No. 6 all-time) (Finals)

-
10,000-meter run
Finals
Kate Horan 14 37:18.71 (Finals) -
400-meter hurdles
Preliminary Round
Jenny Zahn 15 1:04.24 -
4x100-meter relay Chanel Franklin
Carlye Schuh
Katie Kemmerer
Cashay Harris
-
4x400-meter relay Gretchen Homan
Jenny Zahn
Kate Hein
Stephanie Grant
Katie Kemmerer (A) 

-

4x800-meter relay Sarah Ball
Kristin Pelzel
Courtney Kelly
Grace Magliola
Alyssa Stevens (A) 
-
Triple Jump
BIG EAST: 11.28 meters 

Alyssa Davis
Carlye Schuh

39 feet, 4 1/2 inches (12 meters) (No. 3 all-time)
37 feet, 10 1/2 inches (11.54 meters) (No. 6 all-time)

Long Jump
Finals 

Carlye Schuh

10 18 feet, 7 3/4 inches (5.68 meters) -
Javelin
Finals
Lauren Benjamin
Catherine Benage
13
14
114 feet, 9 inches (34.97 meters)
114 feet, 4 inches (34.86 meters) 
-
-
Shot Put
Finals 
Kristen Gaffey
9 44 feet, 6 inches (13.56 meters) (PR) (No. 10 all-time)
-
Hammer Throw 
Finals

Jamie Roth

Kathryn Koeck

4
18

175 feet (53.34 meters)
116 feet, 2 inches (35.44 meters)

5
-
Discus
BIG EAST: 40 meters 
Kathryn Koeck
Jamie Roth
Kristen Gaffey
140 feet, 4 inches (42.78 meters)
140 feet, 2 inches (42.72 meters)
137 feet, 3 inches (41.84 meters)

 

Men's Event Student-Athlete Place Personal Record (MU Rank) Points
100-meter run
Preliminary Round
Tyler O'Brien 10-Prelim. 10.65 seconds (Preliminary Round) -
200-meter run
Preliminary Round
Finals (12:30 p.m. CT) 
Tyler O'Brien 1-Prelim. *21.05 seconds (PR)
(Marquette University Record)
800-meter run
Preliminary Round
Finals (11:30 a.m. CT) 

Kyle Winter

6-Prelim. *1:53.57
3,000-meter steeplechase
Finals

Blake Johnson 7 9:07.12 (Finals) 2
5,000-meter run
BIG EAST: 14:47.14 
Nick Szczech
Brice Cleland

14:13.35 (No. 3 all-time)
14:42.91 

10,000-meter run
Finals

Brice Cleland

10 31:19.76 (Finals) -
4x800-meter run Blake Johnson
Kyle Winter
Ben Schmitz
Mike McCarthy
-
High Jump
Finals
Cheldon Brown
Michael Saindon
T-6
8
6 feet, 6 1/4 inches (1.99 meters)
6 feet, 6 1/4 inches (1.99 meters)
2.50
1
Triple Jump
BIG EAST 14 meters
James Muehleman 44 feet, 10 inches (13.97 meters) (No. 7 all-time)
Shot Put
Finals
David Carbajal
Joseph Kohut
12
13
48 feet, 9 inches (14.86 meters)
48 feet, 6 3/4 inches (14.80 meters)
-
-
Hammer Throw
Finals
Jonathan Kusowski
Bret Hardin
Robert Bleem
David Carbajal
6

9
10
14
182 feet, 1 inch (55.49 meters)

174 feet, 8 inches (53.25 meters)
172 feet, 6 inches (52.57 meters)161 feet, 3 inches (49.15 meters)
3

-

-
-
Discus
BIG EAST: 44.50 meters 

Robert Bleem

161 feet, 3 inches (49.15 meters) (No. 9 all-time)

 

 

Marquette at the BIG EAST Championships 
Highest finishes/marks in 2011 events

Event Student-Athlete Place Mark Year

100-meter dash

Men: Tyler O'Brien 10th-Prelim. Rd. 10.65 sec. 2011
200-meter dash Men: Tyler O'Brien

4th
1st-Prelim. Rd. 

21.41 sec.
21.05 sec. 
2008
2011 
400-meter dash Women: Gretchen Homan 22nd-Prelim. Rd. 57.35 sec. 2011
800-meter dash Men: Jed Burey 5th 1:51.84 2006
5,000-meter run Men: Scott Mueller 8th 14:40.06 2006
10,000-meter run Women: Susie Emond
Laurie Dalrymple

Men: Scott Mueller
Kyle Saginus

9th
11th

9th
15th 

36:47.96
36:25.75

31:29.76
30:50.35 
2006
2010

2008
2007 
3,000-meter steeplechase Women: Jayne Grebinski
Men: Peter Bolgert
5th
4th 
10:35.00
8:54.76 
2009
2010 
400-meter hurdles

Women: Jenny Zahn

15th-Prelim. Rd.

1:04.24 2011
4x100-meter relay

Women: N/A

- - -
4x400-meter relay Women: N/A - - -
4x800-meter relay Women: Peller, Millin
Chambers and Verdoliva

Men: Burey, Williams
Meissner and Schmitz

Burey, Bolgert
Kopecki and Meissner
1st


5th


6th
 
8:49.96


7:35.08


7:33.98
 
2008


2007 


2008
 
Triple Jump Women: Alyssa Davis

10th

37-9.25 2009
Long Jump Women: Carlye Schuh 10th 18-7.75 2011
High Jump Men: Ray Bratchett 3rd 6-8.25 2006
Javelin Women: Kelly Magennis 7th 133-11 2007
Discus Women: Jenna Mahaffey
Men: Damian Anisko
4th
4th
156-7
165-3 
2006
2007 
Shot Put Women: Rachael Thiel

Men: Jeff Kluge
Eric Matuszewski
5th

9th
14th 
48-11

49-3.5
49-5.5 
2009

2006
2010 
Hammer Women: Jessica Ehlen
Men: Jeff Kluge
5th
5th 
175-9
185-4 
2006
2010 

 

 

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