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February 22, 2014

Mason Blevins signs with Morehead

Somerset — Mason Blevins has put in a lot of hard work to be the best runner that he can possibly be.

For all of that dedication during his prep running career, the Pulaski County High School senior has been rewarded with the opportunity to run both track and cross country at Morehead State University.

Blevins is more than happy to be able to continue his running career at the Division-One level and looks forward to running against some of the best competition that the country has to offer.

“I'm very excited about having the opportunity to run at the college level,” began Blevins. “As a very competitive person, I look forward to competing against some of the best distance runners in the southeast and across the country.”

Thanks some early success during his middle school years, Blevins realized that he wanted to be the best runner he could be, so his work ethic went to a whole new level.

“In eighth grade, I began to experience some success at the middle school and varsity levels,” told Blevins. “I feel like that early success helped motivate and push me to want more of it. That motivation has stayed with me for the past four years and has helped me achieve many of my goals throughout high school. Also, I just love the sport of running. Cross country and track has also helped me make lifelong friends and memories that I'll never forget.”

Maroon track and cross country coach Dave Evans has seen Blevins’ development into the runner and person that he is today.

“You can’t say enough about his work ethic,” told Evans. “He’s leading more in practices – he started doing that last year as a junior. He gets other guys involved by running in the morning, lifting weights, and at practice in the afternoons. He’s a leader that will be hard to replace.”

Blevins has had a lot of different things that he has had to overcome during his running career at Pulaski County, a career that included two team cross country regional titles (2010 and 2011) and three team track regional championships (2010, 2011, and 2013).

“He had a heart ailment that he was able to overcome. He broke his nose one year – he’s overcome that,” explained the Maroon head coach. “We just found out that he’s got something wrong with his thyroid, which affected his cross country season. Despite all that, he’s been out running and working hard to get better.”

Blevins has had success both on the track circuit and on the hills and valleys in cross country during his time as a Maroon.

In cross country, Blevins won an individual regional title in 2012 and was the region runner-up this past season. Blevins, who owns a personal record of 16:35 for 5,000 meters, was chosen to the Commonwealth Journal All-County Cross Country Team three times, including a Runner of the Year title in 2012.

On the track, Blevins has the following times in distance races – 800 meters (2:03), 1,600 meters (4:29), and 3,200 meters (9:33). Blevins’ time of 9:33 is a Pulaski County school record. The Maroon harrier has also been selected to the Commonwealth Journal’s All-County Track and Field Team.

Blevins has been selected to the KHSAA Academic All-State Team twice and has been voted as the Area 8 Runner of the Year on two occasions. The Pulaski County runner has been named All-Region First-Team four times and All-Region Second-Team once.

After an outstanding career at Pulaski County, Blevins will take his talents to Morehead State to run for the Eagles. Blevins will be one of seven new additions for head coach Brent Ericksen and the men’s cross country team come the fall.

“I chose Morehead for a few reasons,” stated Blevins. “First, they've had an extremely successful team over the past two years. They're coming off one of their best seasons ever where they finished 3rd in the OVC and 14th in the southeast. Second, I chose Morehead because of Coach Ericksen. He is very passionate about the sport and has an incredible track record as a successful coach. He knows how develop runners into successful athletes at the collegiate level and I'm excited to run for him. Also, I've always had the goal of running at the D-1 level and Morehead gives me the opportunity to do so.”

Blevins is grateful for the people who have made an impact on him, both as a runner and as a person.

“I'm just thankful God has blessed me with awesome parents, family, coaches, teammates, and friends in my life,” thanked the Morehead State signee. “I would not be where I am as a runner or a person if they didn't support and encourage me along the way like they have.”

 

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