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On the Road to Oregon With Senior John Bleday

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 06/12/2014
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John Bleday
Senior / Westwood, Massachusetts  

Bleday's All-Time and Season Times

“When a senior makes a national championship meet for the first time in their last year, it’s always a special moment knowing all the hard work it took to finally get there.”Barry Harwick ’77, The Marjorie and Herbert Chase ’30 Head Coach of Men’s Track and Field

Event:
5000m (Final: Friday, June 14, 9:10 p.m. ET)

How He Qualified:
Automatically advanced to Eugene after finishing second in his heat at the NCAA East Regional hosted by North Florida at Hodges Stadium. His time of 14:13.04 was good for ninth overall in a field of 48, putting him in comfortable position to qualify for the event’s national final in Oregon.

Championships/All-Ivy Honors:
- 2014 Ivy League Champion Indoor DMR / First Team All-Ivy (9:47.69)
- 5th Place / 3000m Indoors (8:25.82)
- 10th Place / 10,000m Outdoors (30:17.47 / Collegiate Best)
- 9th Place / 2013 Ivy League Cross Country Heptagonal Championship / Second Team All-Ivy (23:57.8 / 6K)
- 2014 Dartmouth Relays 3000m Indoor Champion (8:15.15)
- 2014 Dartmouth Relays 4x800m Indoor Champion (8:00.46)

National Level:
- NCAA Qualifier Outdoor 5000m (14:13.04)
- 2013 NCAA Cross Country National Championship Participant (174th / 32:01.60 / 10K)
- 8th Place / 2013 Northeast Regional Cross Country Championship (30:26.0 / 10K)
-16th Place / 5000m Mt. Sac Relays (14:04.71 / Collegiate Best)
- 8th Place / Paul Short Cross Country Invite (24:04.30)

Team Awards:
The Carl Wallin Coach's Award - Given to individuals who demonstrated to the coaching staff the intangibles required to excel in his or her event as well as amongst teammates, coaches and officials.

What His Coach Says:
“Making a championship meet has always been a goal for John and I am very proud to see that he has reached that goal. Be is happy to be there, but wants to make an impact in his final race.” – Barry Harwick ’77

“John has done more training that nearly all our other male distance runners to continue to improve. Where is right now as a runner is a testament to the high level of hard work and dedication he has put in.”  - Barry Harwick ’77

“Others might have faster times from early on in the season when we weren’t running outdoors yet, but I am more concerned with who is ready, in shape and running well right now and I believe that both Curtis and John and two of the best in that regard.” – Barry Harwick ’77

'On the Road to Oregon' is a feature that highlights the 2013-14 accomplishments of those who have advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championship in Oregon.

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