The senior from Lakewood, Ill., tied for sixth in the first round of competition at the 2014 NCAA West Prelims, clearing 5.36 meters (17-07 ft.).
The Gophers list 16 team members competing in individual events at the regional meet as well as the 4x400 meter relay team.
Four returning outdoor All-Americans will lead the charge for Minnesota with two-time honoree Jacob Capek attempting to capture his third career accolade in the 4x400 meter relay.
The Eden Prairie, Minn., native won the outdoor conference long jump title and set a new personal record of 7.57 meters.
The 2014 Big Ten Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships continue over the next two days in West LaFayette.
2013 Season- Indoor: Did not compete. Outdoor: Finished 12th in the 1,500 meters at the Hamline Invitational with a time of 4:03.56 Ran prelims in the 5,000m at the Stanford Payton Jordan finishing with a time of 14:17.97 Finished the 5,000m 23rd at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 14.50.00 Took 13th at the Big Ten Championships in the 10,000 (30:19.11).
2012 Season - Indoor: Ran the 10th-fastest time in school history and finished fifth (unseeded) in the 3,000 meters at the Husky Classic with a time of 8:12.44 ran a 4:18.52 mile at the Bill Bergan Invite. Outdoor: Finished 13th (30:26.76) in the 10,000 meters at the Big Ten Championships finished third in the 5,000m at the Drake Relays with a time of 14:09.71 also competed in the 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invite, finishing in 14:15.39.
2011 Season Indoor:run at the Husky Classic in the 3,000 meters and finished with a time of 8:19.11 competed at the Bill Bergan invitational in the 3,000 meters and finished fourth (8:20.66)Outdoor:Ran at the Macalester Twilight in the 1,500 meters and finished third (3:55.42) ran at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in the 1,500 meters and finished seventh (3:58.59) competed at the St. Thomas Quad in the 5,000 meters and finished first (14:30.67).
High School: A 2009 of Marmion Academy high school coach was Dan Billish a two-time all-state runner in cross country placed eighth in the Illinois Class 3A Cross Country Championships as a senior earned all-state as a senior in track placed fourth in the 3,200 meters (9:10.04) also competed in the 1,600 meters a four-time letterwinner in both cross country and track an honor roll student.
Personal: Born April 16, 1991 undecided on a major parents are Brad and Patty Larsen has a younger brother Alec enjoys fishing as a hobby.
Blankenship Joins Mead on Olympic Team
A native of Stillwater, Minn., Blankenship took third in the 1,500 meter final at Hayward Field, clocking a 3:36.18.
Mead Punches Olympic Ticket
The Minneapolis, Minn., native ran a 13:35.70 at Hayward Field to earn his first bid to the Olympics.
Blankenship Paces Semis at Olympic Trials
The Stillwater, Minn., native led the field with a time of 3:44.24 in Friday's semifinals.