O'Brien Earns All-America Honors in the 1,500-Meters


Sean O'Brien finished 11th in the final of the 1,500-meters at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

BATON ROUGE, La. - In the NCAA 1,500-meter final, American junior Sean O'Brien (Tewksbury, Mass./Winnisquam Regional) earned All-America honors for the second consecutive year as he finished 11th with a time of 3:45.52.

With only one day off after the preliminary round, O'Brien and the rest of the 1,500-meter field toed the line on a warm night at Lousiana State. Michigan's Alan Webb took the early lead in the race as O'Brien settled into the middle of the pack. The first lap of the race was run in 59.5 seconds.

With O'Brien running in sixth place, the pack began to tighten in the second lap as Webb slowed the pace of the race. As in the preliminary round, O'Brien was on the inside of the track as the second lap was run in 63.0 seconds.

In the third lap, the pace began to quicken as Kansas' Charlie Gruber moved up on the outside of Webb. The first part of the pack split into two and O'Brien covered the move made by the leader as he moved up on the inside. Through three laps, O'Brien was in fourth behind Webb, Arkansas' Chris Mulvaney and Gruber. The third lap was run in a quicker pace at 60.0 seconds.

As the runners started their kick with 300-meters to go, O'Brien held his position in fourth. He was still in the middle of the pack as the field came around the final turn. WIth 100-meters left in the race, O'Brien began to fade back in the pack as he finished in 11th. Stanford's Donald Sage won the race in a time of 3:42.65.

O'Brien became the first American athlete to earn two All-America honors since 1985. He will aim to become the first Eagle since 1968 to be named All-American three times next year.

This was the last race in the NCAA outdoor season for O'Brien. He will be competing in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships that will be held at Stanford June 21-23.