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Nick Blanchard
Nick Blanchard

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Portland, Conn.

High School:
Portland HS

Height:
6-1

Experience:
1V

07/22/2014

77 Waves Earn WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll Status

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

11/02/2013

Waves Host Successful WCC Cross Country Championships

Adrianna Davies and Nick Blanchard are the Waves' top runners.

10/29/2013

Waves to Host WCC Cross Country Championships on Saturday

Pepperdine will be hosting the event for the first time in school history. Admission is free.

10/19/2013

Pepperdine Runs Well at Bronco XC Invitational

The Waves will be hosting the WCC Championships on November 2.

08/28/2013

Cross Country Teams Begin Season on Saturday

The Waves have a big freshman class with 21 newcomers.

11/02/2013

Cross Country Hosts WCC Championships (11/2/2013)

Photos of the Waves' runners in action in Alumni Park in Malibu at the conference meet.

09/14/2013

Cross Country Pepperdine Invitational (9/14/2013)

Photos of the Pepperdine Invitational, held in Alumni Park, taken by Jeff Golden, Stephen Wandzura and Roger Horne.

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

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 27:04 ... Was the team's second finisher on three occasions ... Best 8k time was 25:58.7 at the Bronco Invitational.

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).

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. ... Majoring in political science ... Son of Gerald and Lynn Blanchard ... Has two siblings, Matt and Tom ... 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 (pro team), 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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