O'Brien and Sterling Ready for USA Indoor M800

Published by Coach Harger
Feb 24th 2012, 7:10pm | 1398 views

February 24, 2012

(Indianapolis, IN) The Indiana Invaders' James "Jimmy" O'Brien and
Drake Sterling will compete in the opening round of the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday, February 25, 2012 in Albuqueque, New Mexico.  O'Brien & Sterling will compete at 800 meters.

O'Brien & Sterling will contend for a spot in Sunday's 800 meter Final with the opening round scheduled to begin at 6:50 PM (MST).  O'Brien & Sterling posted their USA National Indoor Championship Qualification Marks for 800 meters on February 11th in the Special 800 Invitational held at Grand Valley State University's Big Meet. Indiana Invaders' Drake Sterling (1:49.24), James "Jimmy" O'Brien (1:50.08) and Juan Carrillo (1:50.74) swept the top three places of the Special 800.

A LIVE web-cast of the meet will be available starting Saturday at 4:30 PM (MST). 

Coach Greg Harger said, "O'Brien & Sterling are ready to compete.  O'Brien is making his 4th appearance at a USA National Championship including last year's 4th place finish. For Sterling this is his first USA Championship". Harger added, "Hundredths of a second typically separate the last three athletes making the final and the first three left out.  For pure spectating the 800 race indoors has great tactical action and yeilds great entertainment... not so much for the coaches involved.  We await the seeding information and then discuss tactical scenarios.  This is what we prepare for and we will embrace the opportunity".

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