Tyler O'Brien Set For NCAA First Round
May 24, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Senior sprinter Tyler O'Brien of the Marquette University men's track and field team will look to extend his collegiate career Friday evening in the 200-meter dash at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas.
"I'm excited to get back out and compete after the BIG EAST Championships didn't exactly go the way I wanted it to," O'Brien said. "The quarterfinals are definitely on my mind after being so close last year. It is a chip I have on my shoulder. I'm looking to get hard out of the blocks and leave it all out there; this could be the last race I ever run so I don't want to have any regrets. It's nice to get another chance in the 200 to end my career."
O'Brien will run in the fifth of six heats of the men's 200, which will commence at roughly 8 p.m. in the national first round at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
The Rocky Hill, Conn., native notched a season-best time of 21.22 seconds in his preliminary heat at the BIG EAST Championships on May 5 and will attempt to top his Marquette record of 21.05 seconds.
O'Brien's trip to the preliminary rounds marks the third time that the fifth-year senior has earned entry into the NCAA's annual 200-meter dash regional field.
He finished fourth in the fifth heat at last year's first round and had the fastest time to not qualify for the quarterfinal with a mark of 21.66 seconds.
Should O'Brien be one of the 27 student-athletes to advance to the national quarterfinals, he would compete Saturday at roughly 7:35 p.m.
The top-three athletes in each heat and the next nine fastest times advance from the first round to the quarterfinal. Only the next six fastest times advanced in 2011, leaving O'Brien on the outside looking in.
O'Brien's NCAA regional finishes: