So: What should I know about him? Are they any good interviews/analyses out there that I missed? Any thoughts about his future?
Give me some of that LRC crowd-source magic.
Craig Lutz fan wrote:
I'm a huge Ben Blankenship fan. Real blue collar kind of guy
I believe he was a high school standout - 4:07 or so for 1600, went to Mississippi State and struggled, then transferred to Minnesota and busted a indoor-leading 3:57 mile at the time, then got second in the 3000 at nationals. He kinda fell off the radar for a while after college (injuries, thought about giving up the sport, etc), but has come back with a vengeance the last couple years. That's about all I know, but I'm a big fan.
I also beat him once in college when he was running for MSU. Not to toot my own horn, but uh - toot toot.
google magic wrote:
2007 HS Grad. One year at Mississippi State before transferring to Minnesota.
2008: Nothing good
2009: 3:42.47 at NCAAs but didn't make the final
2010: Indoors - 3:57.87, ran leadoff on 3rd place DMR; Outdoors ran 3:39.77 at NCAA prelims but didn't make the final
2011: Indoors: 7:52.52, 2nd in NCAA 3000. Didn't run for Minnesota outdoors but ran 3:54.1 at Pre and 3:37.23 in Europe. Knocked out first round at USAs.
2012: No marks on USATF's lists as a first-year pro.
2013: 3:37.03/3:56.66/7:47.07 in Europe. 10th at USAs.
2014: Indoors: 7:46.55 and distant 5th at USATFs behind the big guns Lagat, Rupp, Hill, and Lomong. Outdoors: 3:39 early and injured I assume later.
Always been an indoor the radar type. Had a pretty good senior year with a runner-up indoors and fast times outdoors. 2013 and early 2014 showed promise. The step he took this year is in line with the promise he showed coming out of college. Minnesota is an under-rated program producing both Blankenship and Mead.
....'indoor the radar'....?