Sophomore (2011-2012): Bleday put his name in the recordbooks with an outstanding sophomore year, highlighted with a victory in the 3,000m at Indoor Heps. At the Terrier Invitational, Bleday ran 4:04.02 for the mile, the 5th fastest time in Dartmouth history. In cross country, Bleday helped the team to a 3rd-place team finish with his 17th place finish, placed 22nd at NCAA Div. 1 Northeast Regional. Qualified to run the 5,000m at the NCAA Div. 1 East Regional in Jacksonville, Florida. Received the Herb Chase Track Award at the team banquet. Named a USTFCCCA All-American.
Freshman (2010-11): Bleday had a successful freshman season in cross country for the Big Green ... he finished as one of Dartmouth's top five finishers two times, including an eighth-place finish at the Dartmouth Invitational ... placed seventh in the 5,000 meters at the men's track and field Outdoor Heptagonals.
Before Dartmouth: A four-year letterwinner in track and cross country at Xaverian Academy ... captained both the cross country and indoor track teams his senior year ... from 2008 to 2010, his accomplishments include: MIAA Division I Mile Champ, MIAA All-State for both the mile and 2-mile, and Nike Indoor Nationals All-American ... won the team's "Unsung Hero" award his sophomore year, before being elected the team's Most Valuable Player his junior and senior years ... in both his junior and senior years, he was honored by being selected to the Boston Globe All-Scholastics.
Personal: John Bleday is the son of Ronald and Maureen Bleday and his brother, Alec, competed on the track and field team for UPenn ... at Dartmouth, he is planning to study economics and pursue a career in business.
|Mile||4:00.69* (BU-Val - 2/8/14)|
|1500m||3:53.37 (Prin-Howell- 4/4/14)|
|3000m||8:15.15* (Dart. Relays- 1/12/14)|
|5000m||14:04.71 (Mt Sac - 4/18/14)|
|10,000m||30:17.47 (Heps- 5/10/14)|
|Mile||4:02.89 (BU Fast Meet - 2/14/13)|
|1500||3:57.57 (Howell - 4/5/13)|
|2000m||7:59.33(Terrier - 1/29/13)|
|5000m||14:13.01 (Mt Sac - 4/19/13)|
|2011-2012 Top Performances
|2010-11 Top Performances
|800m||1:57.40||UVM-Mid - 4/17/11|
|1500m||3:54.63||Prin-Elis - 4/22/11|
|5000m||14:28.41||IC4A - 5/13/11|
High School PR
2 Mile: 9:04.2
400m: 50.9 (split)
800m: 1:55.4 (split)
Q & A with John
I chose Dartmouth for several reasons. I wanted a college where I could have fun, but also be competetive in running. I also wanted a school that was beautiful year round. Dartmouth provides all of these things.
How long have you been running cross country and what got you interested in cross country?
I have always enjoyed the feeling of exhaustion after exerting myself physically. Thus, it was natural that I chose cross country when high school rolled along and I was deciding which sports I really wanted to pursue.
Have you won any academic or cross country awards recently?
I have recently been named my high school's "athlete of the year" and I received silver academic medals in the sciences and english at my high school graduation.
Tell me something interesting about you that might come as a surprise to your teammates.
I almost had my left leg chopped off at age 7 because of a very bad staph infection.
What are your future plans, if any?
I continue to keep improving as a person and runner. I will see where this takes me.