George O'Connor
George  O'Connor

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Croswell, Mich.

High School:
Croswell-Lexington

Height:
6-2

Event:
Distance

Major:
Business


07/31/2017

GOLDEN GRIZZLIES TRACK AND FIELD EARNS ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS FROM USTFCCCA

Both the men’s and women’s team, plus four individuals received accolades

06/29/2017

OAKLAND STUDENT-ATHLETES EARN SPRING 2017 HORIZON LEAGUE ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL DISTINCTION

For the eighth consecutive semester, Oakland led the Horizon League with 146 student-athletes meeting Honor Roll criteria

05/26/2017

BURR LEADS OAKLAND AT NCAA EAST PRELIMINARY ROUND

The senior distance runner clocked a school record time in 3,000 meter Steeplechase.

05/24/2017

SIX STUDENT-ATHLETES TRAVEL TO NCAA EAST PRELIMINARY ROUND

Competition begins Thursday, May 25 through Saturday, May 27 in Lexington, Ky. on ESPN3

05/18/2017

OAKLAND HAS PROGRAM BEST SIX STUDENT-ATHLETES QUALIFY FOR NCAA TRACK AND FIELD EAST PRELIMINARY ROUND

Stroede, Vitella, J. Bowman, O'Connor, Burr and Haas will compete in Lexington, Ky.

05/06/2017

5-6-17 Horizon League Outdoor Championships - Day 2

5-6-17 Horizon League Outdoor Championships - Day 2 Photos by Trevor Parks -YSU Media, Jeremiah Hergott - UDM Media

02/26/2017

2017 Horizon League Indoor Championships - Day 2

2017 Horizon League Indoor Championships - Day 2 Photos by Jose Juarez

05/08/2016

2016 Horizon League Outdoor Championships - Day 2

Oakland competes in Day 2 of the 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Championships Photo Credit: Jonathan Miano - Horizon League

02/28/2016

2016 Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Championships

The Oakland Women's Track & Field team wins first Horizon League Championship in program history. Men's team finishes 3rd

05/02/2015

2015 Horizon League Outdoor Championships - Saturday

5-2-15 Second day of competition at the HL Outdoor Championships

2017 Indoor:

 Recorded a first-place finish in the 5000m (14:37.77) at the YSU National Invite (Feb. 3)
 
Placed second in the 3000m (8:39.35) at the Mastadon Opener (Dec. 3)



2017 Outdoor:

43rd in the 3000 Steeple (9:23.50) at the NCAA Division 1 East Preliminary Round
Captured the title in the 3000 Steeple (9:11.68) at Horizon League Outdoor Championship (May 5-7)  
Placed 6th in the 1500m (3:58.61) at Horizon League Outdoor Championship (May 5-7)  
A PR in the 3000 Steeple (8:52.89) at Virginia Challenge
Named Horizon League All-Acedemic



2016 Outdoor:

▪ Runner-up at the Horizon League Championships in the 3000m steeplechase with a PR time of 9:02.13

▪ Made podium placing fifth in the 1500m at the Horizon League Championships with a PR time of 3:54.97

2016 Indoor:
▪ Made the podium finishing fifth in the mile at the Horizon League Indoor Championships with a PR time of 4:08.92
▪ Ran first leg on distance medley relay team that finished first at the Horizon League Championships with time of 10:03.31
▪ Ran first leg on distance medley relay team that finished first at the Youngstown State National Invite with time of 9:56.77
▪ Set 3000m PR with a time of 8:33.57 at the SVSU Jets Pizza Invite 
▪ Finished fifth in the mile at the EMU Triangular with 4:19.22

2015 Outdoor:
▪ Made the podium finishing fourth in the 3000 steeplechase (9:32.55) and fifth in the 5000m (15:19.79) at the 2015 Horizon League Outdoor Championships (May 3).
▪ Set 5000m PR (15:11.40) to finish second at the Golden Grizzly Duals (April 11).
▪ Placed second in 2000m steeplechase with PR (6:12.17) at the Detroit Dual (April 2).
▪ Recorded a second place finish with 3000m steeplechase PR (9:18.62) at the Gibson Invitational (April 18).

2015 Indoor: 
▪ Recorded mile PR (4:18.14) and finished fourth at the GVSU Big Meet (Feb. 14).
▪ Placed second in the 1000m at the EMU-Quad Meet (Jan. 9) with a PR of 2:32.71 and recorded a 800m PR (1:55.49) at the Youngstown State National Invite.
▪ Was first leg in the DMR team that placed third at the Horizon League Indoor Championships. (March 1) and second at the Youngstown State National Invite (Feb. 7).

2014 Outdoor:

▪ Was fourth in the 3000m steeplechase at the Horizon League Championships with a time of 9:31.28 - a new career-best (May 2-4)
▪ Best time in the steeplechase ranks third-best in Oakland history
▪ Also recorded a new personal-best time in the 1500m with a 3:59.52 at the Jesse Owens Classic, ranking fourth all-time at OU (Apr. 18-19)
▪ Improved in the 3000m run with a time of 8:47.94 at the Oakland vs. Detroit Dual, ranking fourth in Oakland history (Apr. 5)
▪ Ran a 15:20.00 in the 5000m at the Toledo Invitational for a personal-best result

2014 Indoor:
▪ Redshirted

2013 Outdoor:
▪ Redshirted

2013 Indoor:
▪ Finished fifth in mile run at CMU Open with a 4:26.36 (Jan. 11)
▪ Ran season-best mile run at GVSU Big Meet with a 4:20.09 (Feb. 8) ▪ Earned fifth-place finish in the 3,000m run at the EMU Holiday Meet (Dec. 7)
▪ Ran season-best 3,000m time of 8:52.96 at YSU National Invitational to finish seventh (Feb. 1)

ACADEMIC HONORS
▪ Horizon League Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2013)
▪ Horizon League Academic Honor Roll (Spring 2014)
▪ Horizon League Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2014)
▪ Horizon League Academic Honor Roll (Spring 2015)
▪ Horizon League Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2015)
▪ Horizon League Academic Honor Roll (Spring 2016)
▪ Horizon League Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2016)

High School:

▪ Four-year letterwinner for coach Rick Shaw
▪ All-State runner in 2010
▪ Finished fourth at the Division II state meet in the 4x800-meter relay his senior year
▪ Graduated high school with honors

Top Athletic Performance
▪ Earning All-State in 2010

Personal
Full Name: George Russell O'Connor
Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1994
Parents: George and Janet O'Connor
Siblings: Scott, Allison, Patrick, Leah and Andrew
▪ Sister, Allison, ran track and field at Central Michigan
▪ Sister, Leah, currently runs at Michigan State

Top Three Reason for Choosing Oakland
1. Opportunity to run at the Division I level
2. The cross country and track and Field programs
3. Quality Facilities

Personal Bests (Indoor)
Event Time/Distance
400m  53.82 (IPFW Quadrangular - Jan. 26, 2013)
800m 1:55.49 (YSU National Invite - Feb. 6, 2015)
1000m 2:32.71 (EMU Quad Meet - Jan. 9, 2015)
Mile 4:08.92 (Horizon League Indoor Championships - Feb. 28, 2016)
3000m 8:18.86 (SVSU Jet's Pizza Invitational - Jan. 27, 2017)
5000m 14:37.77 (YSU National Invite - Feb. 3, 2017)
Personal Bests (Outdoor)
Event Time/Distance
1500m 3:54.97 (Horizon League Championships - May 6, 2016)
Mile 4:24.54 (Detroit Dual - April 5, 2014)
3000m 8:47.94 (Detroit Dual - April 5, 2014)
5000m 15:11.40 (Golden Grizzly Duals - April 11, 2015)
2000m
steeplechase
6:12.17 (Detroit Dual - April 2, 2015)
3000m steeplechase 8:52.89 (Virginia Challenge - April 21, 2017)

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