On O'Mara: Loyal member of the Villanova distance group ... Possesses great potential in cross country and the middle distance events on the track ... Has overcome injuries throughout his collegiate career and will be looking to earn a spot competing in meets during the coming year.
2016 Cross Country: Ran in five races during the season ... Was the team's fifth scoring runner at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, where he finished with a time of 32:58.1 over 10000 meters ... Finished sixth on the team and 42nd overall at the BIG EAST Championships, where he ran the 8000 meter course in 26:24.1 ... Made his season debut at the Main Line Invitational with a 30th place finish and a personal best time of 20:48.5 over four miles ... Finished 144th in a field of more than 500 runners at the Chile Pepper Festival with an 8000 meter time of 25:46.2 ... Recorded a time of 27:29 over 5.2 miles at the Penn State National.
2016 Outdoor: Did not compete at any meets.
2015-16 Indoor: Did not compete at any meets.
2015 Cross Country: Ran in the Main Line Invitational and finished 87th with a time of 21:42 on the four-mile course at Haverford College.
2015 Outdoor: Did not compete at any meets.
2015 Indoor: Competed in the Mile at the Metro Team Challenge and registered a time of 4:29.00 to finish in 28th place.
2014 Cross Country: Did not compete at any meets.
2014 Outdoor: Redshirted.
2013-14 Indoor: Ran in the 3000 meters at the Jack Pyrah Invitational and finished in ninth place with a time of 9:19.56.
2013 Cross Country: Redshirted ... Competed at three meets as an unattached runner ... Opened the season with a time of 20:04.20 over 6,000 meters at the Friend Big Five Invitational ... Placed 48th in that meet ... Ran twice on the four-mile course at Haverford, coming in 61st at the Main Line Invitational (21:09.96) and 23rd at the Haverford Invitational (21:18.30).
Catholic High School: Registered consecutive top-15 finishes at the Arkansas 7A Cross Country Championships ... Came in 12th at the state meet as a junior and finished ninth as a senior ... Runner-up in the 1600 meters at the Arkansas Outdoor Track & Field Meet of Champions ... Earned all-state honors in both cross country and track ... Was the 7A state champion in the 1600 meters as a senior ... Member of Mu Alpha Theta (Mathematics Honor Society) and the Beta Club.
Emerald A.C.: Competed for Emerald A.C. in Ireland and was a member of the U18 Boys national championship 4x400 meter relay team ... Placed third individually in the U18 Boys 1500 meters.
Personal: Born 1/5/95 ... One of three sons of Frank and Patty O'Mara ... Has two brothers, Jack and Harry ... Father is a three-time Olympian for his native Ireland and a two-time world indoor champion in the 1500 meters ... Also ran collegiate track at Arkansas and was an NCAA individual champion in the 1500 meters ... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
800 Meters 1:57.4 High School Mile 4:29.00 2015 Metro Team Challenge 3000 Meters 9:02.58 High SchoolPERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
6000 Meters 20:04.20 2013 Friend Big Five Invitational 4 Miles 20:48.3 2016 Main Line Invitational
8000 Meters 25:46.2 2016 Chile Pepper Festival
5.2 Miles 27:29 2016 Penn State National
10000 Meters 32:58.1 2016 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16