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

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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