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Nick Blanchard
Nick Blanchard

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Portland, Conn.

High School:
Portland HS

Height:
6-1

Event:
Distance

Experience:
1V

07/22/2014

77 Waves Earn WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll Status

More than 1,200 WCC student-athletes received the award.

04/19/2014

Track Team Runs at Beach Invitational

This was the final meet of the season for most, if not all, of the Waves.

04/12/2014

Track Team Competes at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational

Next week's meet at Long Beach State will be the final race for the entire team.

04/05/2014

Three Pepperdine Runners in Action Saturday at Cal/Nevada

Lisa Santroch and Lindsay Sheaffer improved their times on the Waves' all-time lists.

04/04/2014

Demick, Lemco Highlight Track's First Day at Cal/Nevada Meet

Three more Pepperdine runners will be in action on Saturday.

03/31/2014

Track at Ben Brown Invitational (3/15/2014)

Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves at the Cal State Fullerton-hosted event.

03/31/2014

Track at Westmont (2/22/2014)

Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' season opening meet vs. Westmont and UC Santa Barbara.

ACADEMIC AWARDS: Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors as a freshman ... Named a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete as a freshman.

PEPPERDINE TRACK 2014: Competed at all nine track meets as a freshman ... Turned in the team's best times in the 1,500 meters (4:03.76 at the Beach Invitational on 4/19) and 3,000 meters (8:47.52 at Westmont on 2/22) ... Also ran multiple times in the 800 (2:02.11) and 5,000 (15:41.19) ... Had a second-place finish out of nine runers in the 3,000 meters at Riverside CC (3/8).

PEPPERDINE XC 2013: Appeared in six meets as a freshman ... Was the team's top finisher at the WCC Championships (held in Alumni Park) with a time of 26:34 ... Was the team's second finisher on three occasions ... Best 8k time was 25:58.7 at the Bronco Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Portland (Conn.) High School in 2013 ... Ran four years of varsity cross country and four years of varsity track ... Earned all-state honors in cross country as a senior ... Earned three-time all-conference honors in cross country and was runner-up at the conference championship as a senior ... Set the school's outdoor track records in the 3,200 and 5,000 meters and indoor records in the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200 meters ... Was runner-up at the indoor track Class S State Championships in the 1,600 meters as a senior ... Made the high honor roll every semester and was a member of the National Honor Society.

CLUB: Ran with the Middlesex Distance Club from 2007-12.

PERSONAL: Born in New Haven, Conn. ... Son of Gerald and Lynn Blanchard ... Has two siblings, Matt and Tom ... Majoring in political science ... Has organized two fundraising road races in his hometown ... The 2012 Portland 5k Challenge for Multiple Sclerosis raised more than $2,500 ... The 2013 Portland 5k for $5k raised more than $6,000 for a family with a Portland High student suffering from leukemia ... Chose Pepperdine because "I want to be part of the running program Pepperdine is building. The academic prestige of Pepperdine, the school's strong Christian faith and the opportunity to experience life on the West Coast appealed to me."

FAVORITES: Enjoys playing basketball and frisbee ... Lists his sports hero as his high school coach, Isha Murphy ... Favorites include Galen Rupp (pro athlete), the New York Giants, New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets (pro teams), the Bible (book), Miracle (movie), Everybody Loves Raymond (TV show), Jimmy Buffett (musical artist), pizza, pasta and chicken parmesan (food) and basketball (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is it's "a sport where there are no excuses. You cannot complain about playing time, it is all about how you perform and the effort you put into it."

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