Tyler O'Brien Topples Marquette 200-Meter Record
May 7, 2011
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)
Women (Through 8 Events Scored)
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