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Northwest Bearcats Player Bio

Anna O'Brien

Anna O'Brien

Height: 5-5

Class: Senior
Hometown: Easton, Mo.
Major: English education with coaching and Spanish minors


Qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships … finished fifth with a time of 17:52.39 in the 5,000-meters at the MIAA Outdoor Championships … ran an outdoor-season best time of 2:25.67 in the 800-meters at the Tulsa Duels (3/21) … set two indoor season-best times at the Iowa State Open (1/24)in the mile and 1,000-meters … ran an indoor season-best in the 5,000-meters at the Holiday Inn Invite (1/16) with a time of 17:51.71


MIAA Commissioner's Honor Roll in cross country ... earned all-region honors by finishing ninth at the NCAA South Central Regional (10/20), lowering her school record in the 6K with 22:09.7 ... named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team ... earned All-MIAA honors with fourth-place finish at conference championships (10/20) - the highest individual finish for a Bearcat since Lindsey Borgstadt finishined fourth in 1998 ... finished first for Northwest in every meet


MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll for track and field and cross country ... All-MIAA in the 1,500-meter run, finishing fourth with 4:50.37 ... ran the fastest 800-meter, 1,500-meter, 3000-meter and 5,000-meter times on the team ... placed third in the mile at the MIAA Indoor Championships (2/24), earning all-conference honors with 5:15.32 ... also picked up All-MIAA honors in the 3,000-meter run with a fifth-place finish ... top Bearcat runner in every cross country meet except NCAA regionals ... won the Rhodes Invitational (9/23) with career-best 19:07.10, the first Northwest individual win since 1998


Placed seventh in 1,500-meter run at MIAA Championships (5/6) ... finished in the top 10 three times in the 1,500-meter run ... took seventh in mile run at MIAA Indoor Championships (2/25) ... broke 6K cross country record with 22:41.1 and 11th-place finish at MIAA Championships (10/29) ... placed 14th overall in the 310-athlete field at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational (11/17) ... finished in the top 10 overall in three races, leading the Bearcats in all seven meets

East Buchanan High School

Holds school records in 1,600-meter run, 3,200-meter run, 800-meter run and 400-meter dash ... state track qualifier all four years ... state champion in 3,200-meter run junior year ... earned seven all-state medals (senior: 2nd in 800-meter run, 2nd in 1,600-meter run, 2nd in 3,200-meter run; junior: 1st in 3,200-meter run, 4th in 1,600-meter run; sophomore: 6th in 3,200-meter run, 6th in 1,600-meter run) ... district and KCI Conference champion in multiple events all four years ... in basketball, named to the all-district tournament team and first-team all-conference ... in softball, First-Team All-KCI Conference and All-District outfielder in junior and senior seasons ... All-News Press Athlete ... graduated in the top 15 percent of her class ... named to the honor roll all four years ... National Honor Society treasurer ... also active in student council ... participated in high school plays for three years

Personal Bio

Born Aug. 3, 1986 ... named to the Northwest honor roll twice ... daughter of Tim and Francine O'Brien

Career Highs

Mile Iowa State Open 1/24/09 5:02.73
3000m Holiday Inn Ivitational 1/19/08 10:27.28
5000m Holiday Inn Invite 1/16/09 17:51.71
1000m Iowa State Open 1/24/09 3:00.40
800m Emporia Twilight 5/13/06 2:19.72
1500m North Central 5/8/09 4:36.76
3000m Tulsa Duels 3/22/08 10:14.04
5000m MIAA Champ. 5/3/09 17:52.39

Cross Country
5K Christian Brothers Twilight Classic 10/6/07 18:44.51
6K NCAA South Central Regional 11/3/07 22:09.7