July 9, 2004
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WASHINGTON - Former American University track athlete and current AU assistant coach Sean O'Brien (Tewksbury, Mass./Winnisquam Regional) is currently ranked seventh in the nation in the 1500m and will soon have a chance to fulfill his dream of making the U.S. Olympic team.
O'Brien on June 27 ran a 3:38.71 in the 1500m competing at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials Twilight Distance Qualifier at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif. The time is the 10th-fastest in the nation this year, according to U.S.A. Track & Field's 2004 Top USA Outdoor Track & Field Marks.
Twenty-one year old phenom Alan Webb holds the nation's top four marks in the 1500m this year, ranging from a personal best of 3:32.73 set at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic to a 3:35.71 on May 22. Charlie Grubb of the Nike Club ranked second with a 3:37.23, Said Ahmed third with a 3:37.49, Michael Stember fourth with a 3:37.75, Jason Lunn fifth with a 3:37.79 and David Krummenacker sixth with a 3:38.59. O'Brien also holds the 19th-fastest 1500m time in the nation this year with a 3:40.47 on June 11.
O'Brien is currently training in the 1500m alongside current AU athlete Sean Duffy (Holmes, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) for the Olympic Trials July 9-18 at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif. The quarterfinals will be held Thursday, July 15 at 8 p.m. (PST), the semifinals on July 16 at 7:40 p.m. and the finals on July 18th at 4:30 p.m.