O'Brien Heads to NCAA Track & Field Championships at LSU

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Junior Sean O'Brien will be making his second appearance at the NCAA Championships this week.

WASHINGTON - American junior Sean O'Brien will be making his second appearance at the NCAA Track and Field Championships Thursday in Baton Rouge, La. He will be running in the 1,500-meters where he earned All-America honors in 2001 after finishing 10th. Preliminaries will be run at 7:40 p.m. on May 30. The 1,500-meter final is on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

The American junior automatically qualified for this year's championship by running a school record time of 3:41.29 at the Stanford Cardinal Qualifier. O'Brien currently holds the fourth fastest time in the NCAA this season and is the third seed in the race.

O'Brien is the Patriot League Indoor Champion in the 800-meters and the mile, where he holds the league record. He also ran on the indoor and outdoor Patriot League Champion 4x800-meter relay teams.

At the 2002 NCAA Championships, O'Brien will be attempting to become the first American athlete to earn multiple All-America honors since men's soccer player Michael Brady accomplished the feat in 1984-85.

The 2002 NCAA Track & Field Championships will be held at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. This will be the fourth time that LSU has hosted the event. Live results from the meet can be found at LSU's website.

1,500-Meter Heat Sheet

Event 5 Men 1500 Meter Run
2 Heats. Advance top 4 from each heat plus next 4 best times.
Lane Comp# Name Year School Seed Time

Heat 1 Prelims
1 656 Scott McGowan JR Montana 3:42.25
2 832 Adrian Blincoe JR Villanova 3:41.85
3 474 Chris Mulvaney SO Arkansas 3:42.34
4 833 Ryan Hayden SO Villanova 3:42.74
5 468 Brandon Strong SR Arizona State 3:41.42
6 483 Clay Schwabe SR Army 3:42.70
7 765 Donald Sage SO Stanford 3:41.61
8 529 Dan Wilson SR Connecticut 3:40.00
9 563 Maarten van den Heuvel JR Florida State 3:43.10
10 525 Rob Vermillion SR Colorado State 3:41.34

Heat 2 Prelims
1 746 Dalibor Balgac SO Southern Methodist 3:42.51
2 574 Brendon Mahoney SO Georgia Tech 3:41.87
3 764 Grant Robison SO Stanford 3:42.14
4 658 James Bowler JR Nebraska 3:42.85
5 622 Alan Webb FR Michigan 3:41.46
6 835 Tom Parlapiano JR Villanova 3:42.69
7 852 Josh Spiker FR Wisconsin 3:42.92
8 592 Charlie Gruber SR Kansas 3:41.08
9 760 Gabriel Jennings SR Stanford 3:41.48
10 457 Sean O'Brien JR American-DC 3:41.29