Track & Field
O'Brien is BIG EAST Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week

Tyler O'Brien earns first BIG EAST weekly award for MU since 2009

Tyler O'Brien earns first BIG EAST weekly award for MU since 2009

April 5, 2011

BIG EAST Release

MILWAUKEE - Tyler O'Brien of the Marquette University men's track and field team was named the BIG EAST Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday.

"What a nice honor for Tyler," Marquette head track and field coach Bert Rogers said. "He had a very nice meet at Cincinnati, and his hard work and dedication are paying off. Being early in the season, I am looking forward to watching Tyler improve upon his accomplishments as the season progresses."

O'Brien swept both the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati Saturday afternoon in finishes of 10.58 and 21.28 seconds, respectively. O'Brien's time in the 100 is three-hundredths of a second slower than his personal best (10.55), while his 200 time is five-hundredths of a second off his school-record time of 21.23 seconds.

The Rocky Hill, Conn., native's times qualify him for the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championships and are the second-fastest in the league this season. His marks also put him in great shape to remain among the top-48 runners in the region and qualify for the West Preliminary Round of the 2011 NCAA Championships.

O'Brien is the first Marquette student-athlete to claim BIG EAST Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honors since Jayne Grebinski claimed the first ever award on March 25, 2009 after she recorded the second-best time in school history in the steeplechase.

The Golden Eagles return to action Friday, April 8 at the Lee Calhoun Invitational in Macomb, Ill.



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