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Dena O'Brien
Dena  O'Brien


Pelham, Ala.

High School:

Last College:
College of Charleston


Cross Country/Middle Distance


Cavaliers Open Cross Country Season With Victories at UVa Duals

Cavalier men and women both defeat Liberty and Radford


Women's Cross Country Preview

Cavaliers look to win third consecutive Southeast Regional Championship

2013 Outdoor
• Did not compete

2013 Indoor
• Did not compete

2012 Cross Country
• Did not compete due to injury

Before Virginia (at College of Charleston)
2012 Outdoor
• Southern Conference Champion in 10,000m
• Won 3,000m at Shamrock Invite
• Won 1,500m at South Carolina Weems Baskin Invite

2012 Indoor
• Southern Conference champion in 3,000m and 5,000m
• Placed second in mile at SoCon Champs
• Won 5,000m with New Balance Collegiate Invite

2011 Cross Country
• Named to First-Team All-Conference with third-place finish at SoCon Championships
• Won Citadel Invite

2011 Outdoor
• 5,000m Southern Conference champion
• Became third CofC athlete to compete at NCAA East Preliminaries

2011 Indoor
• 5,000m Southern Conference champion
•5k also broke a 22-year-old SoCon record

2010 Cross Country
• SoCon Freshman of the Year
• First-Team All-Conference and All-Freshman selection
• Placed fifth at SoCon Championships
•Won Citadel Invitational with a time of 18:19.77


•Received all-state status for the past two seasons
•Attended the Florida State Winter Distance Project in 2009
•Had the opportunity to work with Trent Sanderson of Team Prep USA

•Daughter of Tim and Julie O'Brien
• Commited time to working for the Ronald McDonald House and the Safe House
•Enjoys biking and swimming.


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