O'Connell Places Third in 800m at U.S. Track & Field Championships
BOSTON – Georgetown University senior middle distance runner Jesse O’Connell (Westminster, Md./Westminster) ran the fastest time of the preliminaries (1:48.74), and went on to finish third overall in the 800m (1:49.19) at the 2004 United States Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston, Mass.
O’Connell bested an impressive field of the country’s top professionals en route to winning Heat 1 of the 800m prelims on Friday afternoon. O’Connell’s 1:48.74 time topped second-place finisher Derrick Peterson of adidas, the 2002 800m National Indoor Champion, who timed 1:49.04, as well as the four other professional runners in the Heat. O’Connell’s mark was the fastest of all 18 participants in the event that day.
O’Connell returned the following evening to place third behind 2000 Olympian Michael Stember of Nike (1:48.08) and Peterson (1:48.67) in the event finals.
Jesse has been named an All-American in the 800m three times while at Georgetown, and additionally captured the U.S. Junior National 800m Championship in 2001.