Virginia Episcopal junior Daniel O'Brien had the race of his life out at Foot Locker Nationals. In a field of the forty best runners in the nation he was able to finish 12th overall and 5th amongst underclassmen. His final time was 15:45.9.
He is the only Virginia athlete since Sean McGorty and Drew Hunter to finish inside the top 12 at Nationals in San Diego. He is also the only junior from Virginia to finish that high outside of Drew Hunter and Sean McGorty in the past decade.
In the race itself Dan stayed with the lead group for as long as he could and faded late in what was one of the deepest races in recent memory.