Event: 4x100m Relay
PR: 10.07AJR (2003)
Born: July 4, 1984
Current Residence: Forney, Texas
High School: Forney (Tex.) HS '02
College: Oklahoma '06
Coach: Shanon Atkinson
Career Highlights: 2004 NCAA Indoor 60m champion; Two-time Big 12 Conference 100m champion; U.S. Junior men's 100m record holder.
The American mens junior 100m record holder with his time of 10.07 seconds set on May 3, 2003 in Lincoln, Nebraska, Blanton was a member of the Team USA 4x100m relay pool for the 2005 World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Finland, where he did not compete. Blanton has known success indoors as well. In winning the 2004 NCAA Indoor 60m title, Blanton became the first University of Oklahoma student to win an individual title at that event since 1997. That year he won eight races in nine starts in the 60 meters. He earned Big 12 Male Athlete of the Week honors on January 19 after winning the 60 metes at the OU Classic and running the second leg of OUs second place mile relay team. In 2003 he was named Big 12 Male Freshman of the Year in outdoor track and field. As a prep star in Forney, Texas, Blanton was a key member of the track and football team, where he won state titles in the 100, 200 and 4x100m relay ... set the state record in the 100 and 200 ... had the seventh fastest time in the country as a high school senior in the 100 ... ran a 10.26 in the Class 3A state meet ... had the eighth best time in the nation as a senior in the 200 ... ran a 20.77 in the state meet ... left as the 3A state record holder in the 100 and the 200 ... had equal success in football ... finished with 94 touchdowns, 633 carries and 6,265 career rushing yards ... named Offensive Player of the year as a senior by two publications and was selected the state Class 3A Offensive Player of the Year by the Texas Sportswriters Association ... a Texas Class 3A All-Stater as a senior ... offensive player of the year in Texas as a high school senior, according to the Associated Press and the Dallas Morning News. Currently enrolled in university studies at the University of Oklahoma, where he originally signed to play football.
USA Outdoor Championships (10.46)2nd in semis at USA Outdoors
(10.12)4th at NCAA Outdoors (10.21)best of 10.12.
2004: NCAA Indoor 60m champ (6.59)Big 12 100m champion8th in opening round at Olympic Trials (10.44)best of 10.22.
2003: Big 12 Outdoor 100m champ (10.25)3rd at Big 12 Outdoor 200m (20.56)1st in prelims at NCAA Regional meet (10.07AJR)false start in 100m final at NCAA Outdoor Champs..best of 10.07.
2002: 3rd at Big 12 Champs 200mbests of 10.26w, 20.77w.
2001: Bests of 10.30, 20.37.
2000: Bests of 10.48w, 21.33.