Blake DeLong '14
• Health and wellness major from Hillsboro,
• Distance runner
• McKendree University Bearcats’ first NCAA
• GLVC All Conference in Cross Country,
• Dean’s List
By Erick Requadt '14
Blake DeLong '14 has established himself as not only one of the McKendree Bearcats’ top runners this season, but also one of the university’s top athletes of all time. He is the first student-athlete from McKendree to receive All-American honors in NCAA Division II. Blake blazed across the finish line at the Cross Country Nationals finishing 17th overall, in one of the best seasons of his collegiate running career. On the indoor track this season, he made great strides by making it into nationals in the 5,000-meter run, where he placed 11th overall.
How does Blake manage his time with the academic and athletic side, all the while achieving success? “You get used to it,” he said. “From freshman year it can be shocking, because you have a new team you’re on, new classes you’re taking, new people you’re trying to meet and everything. But as you get further along, it gets easier to make time for studies and practice. With anything, it’s with practice. As you go from freshman to senior year, you find the right balance. Really with age comes experience.”
With his Blake’s next ambition is the professional running circuit, with the hope of making it to the 2016 Olympic Trials for the 3,000-meter steeplechase, his favorite event. “When you go to the trials, crazy things happen,” he said.
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