Ben Blankenship
Ben Blankenship

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Stillwater, Minn.

High School:
Stillwater HS

Position:
Mid-Distance

Experience:
Transfer


05/27/2015

Gophers Bound for NCAA Regional at Texas

Fifteen Gophers will be in NCAA regional action this weekend at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.

05/12/2015

Gophers Set for B1G Outdoor Meet

Michigan State hosts this year's conference meet, May 15-17, in East Lansing.

05/06/2015

Minnesota Crosses the Border for Pair of Meets

The Gophers will compete at the Wisconsin Twilight and the UW-La Crosse Eagle Open on Friday.

04/29/2015

Gophers Head to Iowa for Musco Twilight

Gian Ferretti returns as the Musco Twilight champion in the hammer throw.

04/22/2015

Drake Relays Highlight Weekend Action

The Gophers are set to compete at four meets this weekend in Minnesota, Iowa and California.

Career Highlights
A 2010 All-American in the distance medley relay • 2010 NCAA cross country All-American • three-time NCAA Track Championships competitor • lead-off runner of the Gopher DMR that placed third in the 2010 NCAA indoor meet • 2010 Big Ten champion in the mile run • Minnesota's first runner to clock a sub-4 minute mile • school record holder in the mile (3:57.87) and 1,500 meters (3:39.77) • 2010 All-Big Ten First Team • a 2009 All-Big Ten Second Team as a member of the distance medley relay • a three-time NCAA all-region honoree in cross country • a three-time NCAA Cross Country Championships competitor • number-three runner on Minnesota's 15th-place team at 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships, number-two runner on 2009 NCAA lineup that placed 24th • number-one runner on 2010 NCAA team that placed 27th • 2010 Gopher cross country MVP • helped Minnesota to indoor and outdoor track Big Ten team titles in 2009 and 2010 • ranks third in the 3,000 meters (7:59.49) top-10 list.

2011 Season- Indoor:Big Ten Champion in the mile run (4:01.14) • broke the school record in the 3,000 meters with a time of 7:52.52 at the Husky Open • finished second at the NCAA championships in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:04.65 • ran the fourth leg of the Gophers distance medley relay team that broke a school record (9:29.70) at the NCAA championships • relay team also took first place at the Big Ten championships with a time of 9:50.58 • distance medley picked up another first place at the Alex Wilson Invite with a time of 9:31.78.Outdoor:Did not compete.

2010 Season:
Indoor: All-American. Lead-off runner on the Minnesota distance medley relay that placed third (9:38.09) at the NCAA meet • competed in the NCAA mile prelims (4:07.91) • Big Ten champion in the mile (4:05.64) • All-Big Ten First Team • clocked the first sub-4 minute mile in Gopher history winning the event at the Washington Qualifier with a school-record time of 3:57.87 • an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 3,000 meters • ran a career-best 3,000m time of 7:59.49, the third-fastest in Gopher history, at the Husky Classic. Outdoor: NCAA Championships competitor in the 1,500 meters • placed 10th in the NCAA Prelim with a school-record time of 3:39.77 • placed third in the 1,500m (3:44.21) at the Big Ten meet • earned second varsity letter.

2009 Season:
Indoor: All-Big Ten Second Team • a redshirt freshman • led off the Big Ten runner-up distance medley relay • placed fourth in the mile at the Big Ten meet with a career-best time of 4:04.43, the fifth-best time is school history • anchored the DMR that clocked a season-best and NCAA provisional qualifier (9:40.46) at the Alex Wilson Invitational. Outdoor: NCAA competitor in the 1,500m • ran career-best and the fifth-fastest time in school history in the NCAA prelim (3:42.47) • NCAA Midwest Region runner-up in the 1,500 meters (3:45.37) • placed fourth in both the 1,500 meters (3:58.48) and the 5,000 meters (14:26.15) at the Big Ten Championships • anchored the Gophers' champion Drake Relays 4x1,600-meter relay • varsity letterwinner.

Cross Country
A 2010 All-American • placed third overall in 2010 Big Teh Championships • 2010 All-Midwest Region • 2010 Fred O. Watson Award recipient as Gopher MVP • earned All-NCAA Midwest Region honors in his first season with the Gophers in 2008 • three-time NCAA Cross Country Championships competitor • three-time varsity letterwinner.

At Mississippi State:
An All-NCAA South Region honoree in cross country in 2007, placing 25th (31:42.83) in the NCAA South Region Championships • placed 23rd at the 2007 Southeastern Conference Championships • named to the 2007 SEC All-Freshman Team • ran season-best 8K time of 24:15 at the Pre-NCAA Meet • competed in seven meets for the Bulldogs, finishing among Mississippi State's top two finishers six times • clocked season-best times in two events at the 2008 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, 3:51.45 in the prelims of the 1,500-meter run and 14:25.94 in the 5,000 meters.

High School:
A 2007 graduate of Stillwater High School • coach was Scott Christensen • won Minnesota Class AA crowns in the 1,600 meters as a junior (2006) and senior (2007) • added a third-place finish in the 3,200-meter run in 2006 • finished sixth as a junior in the 2005 Minnesota Class AA Cross Country Championships, leading Stillwater to a second-place finish.

Personal:
Born Dec. 15, 1989 • American studies major • parents are Richard and Patricia Blankenship.

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