Nine Pepperdine runners competed at Long Beach State's event at Cerritos College.
The Waves' next meet is in two weeks at the Beach Invitational.
Pepperdine's next event is the Cal Poly Invitational next weekend.
Pepperdine runs again next Saturday at Cal State Fullerton.
Pepperdine has many runners looking to put their names in the team's record book in 2015.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves at Cal State Fullerton's track meet.
Jeff Golden's photo of the Waves at the season-opening meet against Westmont and UC Santa Barbara.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves at the Cal State Fullerton-hosted event.
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 and was a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete both in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2015: Ran at all seven meets as a sophomore ... Had the Waves' best three times in the 1,500 meters, including a 4:04.53 at UC Irvine (3/21) ... Also ran the 3,000 meters once ... Was part of a 4x400 relay team that established a new school record at Pomona-Pitzer (4/4).
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 runners in the 3,000 meters at Riverside CC (3/8).
PEPPERDINE XC 2014: Did not run due to injury as a sophomore.
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."