- Sean Blaney
- Kissimmee, Fla.
- Celebration High School
Major: Fitness & Wellness
Track Events: Mile, 1,500m, 3,000m, 5,000m and 3,000m Steeplechase
Highlights: All-SEC in 2007 … All-South Region in 2007 and 2008 … Three top-10 career finishes … Ranks sixth among Gators in UF’s record book for 10K time on UF Golf Course … Also ranks sixth for 8K SEC Championship time … Personal bests of 24:14:70 (8K), 24:34 (5-mile), and 31:03.9 (10K).
2008: Consistent scorer for the Gators, tallying a second or third-place UF finish in all six meets … Earned All-South Region honors for placing 16th at the NCAA Regional meet … Recorded a career-best 8K time (24:14.70) at the SEC Championship, finishing 15th overall and setting the sixth-best conference meet time in school history … Registered a career-best 5-mile time at the Notre Dame Invitational with a 47th-place finish … Tallied a third-place finish at the Mountain Dew Invitational.
2007: Competed in all five races, consistently finishing in Florida’s top three ... Ran a season-high 8K time of 24:15.66 at the Tiger Invitational and placed third for the Gators … Placed second for both Florida and overall at the Mountain Dew Invitational with a time of 25:11.69 ... Finished second for Florida at both the SEC and the South Regional Championships ... Earned All-SEC and All-South Region honors for the finishes … Ran a career-best 10K time of 31:03.9 at the South Regional Championship.
2006: Competed in the first three races of the season … Finished the 4-mile Tampa Early Bird Classic in fourth place overall with a time of 20:46 … Finished 18th overall and 11th among the Gators at the Mountain Dew Invitational with a 25:21.73 8K time … Florida's eighth finisher in the 5-mile Notre Dame Invitational in 25:39.
Track Highlights: Recorded a second-place finish in the 2009 Pepsi Florida Relays in the 3,000m steeplechase … Set a career-best steeplechase time with a fourth-place finish the 2009 SEC Outdoor Championships … Placed first in the 5,000m at the 2008 FSU Twilight Invitational as an unattached runner … Personal bests of 4:13.47 (iMile), 8:25.8 (i3,000m), 14:30.7 (i5,000m), 3:59.04 (o1,500m) 14:09.44 (o5,000m) and 8:56.05 (steeple).
Prep: Coached by Joel Fox … Won the Florida Class 3A State Cross Country title in 2005 with a 5K time of 16:05… Also won the conference, district and regional cross country titles in 2005 … Was the first-ever athlete from Osceola County to earn the state cross country title … Ran best 5K race at the Footlocker South Regional meet, finishing 17th with a time of 15:26 … Graduated holding school records in the 800m, mile, 2-mile and cross country … Named all-state three years.
Personal: Son of Tommy and Kathy Blaney … Father is a construction foreman and mother is a teacher … Enjoys restoring late model vehicles, skiing, riding horses and racing ATVs … Admires Lance Armstrong and Steve Prefontaine … Also considered UCF, Auburn and Iowa State … Chose Florida for the opportunity to work with Florida’s coaching staff.