Tyler O'Brien Qualifies for Third NCAA Preliminary Round
May 17, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Senior sprinter Tyler O'Brien of the Marquette University men's track and field team has earned a spot in the West Preliminary Round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 200-meter dash and will compete May 25-26 in Austin, Texas.
The first round of the men's 200 meters will be run at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Friday, May 25 at 8 p.m.
"I am very excited for Tyler," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "He has worked very hard to have a strong fifth year, and is ready to run fast in Austin. We are excited to see how fast of a mark he can put down.
O'Brien is the 39th-seeded student-athlete in the West with a season-best time of 21.22 seconds, recorded at the BIG EAST Conference Championships on May 5.
It is the third NCAA Championship event in which O'Brien has competed in the 200 meters, following participation in the 2008 and 2011 regional competitions. O'Brien missed qualifying for the NCAA quarterfinals by a mere three-hundredths of a second in 2011, and will attempt to advance past the preliminary rounds for the first time.
O'Brien is the Marquette record holder in the 200, with a time of 21.05 seconds recorded at the 2011 BIG EAST Championships.
The first round in Austin will be held on May 25 with 48 athletes competing. The first round field will be whittled down to 27 for the national quarterfinals with the top three per heat plus the next three fastest advancing to the semifinal.
Should O'Brien advance to this year's national semifinal, he would compete in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on June 6-9 at Drake Stadium.