2007-08 Highlights: Posted a Top 15 finish with a 21:55 in the 4.1-mile run at the UIC Home Opener on Sept. 1...ran a career-best 8,000-meter run with a time of 26:21 at the Illinois Intercollegiate Invitational on Sept. 14.
2006-07 Highlights: Turned in a 4:20.08 in the 1,500-meter run at the Redbird Invitational on Apr. 28...posted a 10:00.11 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals to take fifth at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships.
Prior to UIC: Competed for two seasons on the cross country and track and field team at Eastern Illinois...Panthers claimed the cross country Ohio Valley Conference title in 2005 while taking runner-up honors in track and field in 2005 and 2006...earned OVC All-Academic Team honors after both his freshman and sophomore year.
Prep/Personal: Varsity letterwinner in cross country, track and field, and basketball at Cumberland High School in Toledo, Ill...helped the Pirates to three straight Little Illini Conference cross country titles...earned All-Conference honors after his junior and senior campaigns...won the conference title in the 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter events his senior year at the track championships...state runner-up in the 800-meter race his senior year...son of Ben and Jeannie Bland...born on August 3, 1986...majoring in bioengineering.
Career-Best Indoor Times 1,000-Meter Run: 2:38.04 (2/16/07) 3,000-Meter Run: 9:04.49 (2/22/08) 1-Mile Run: 4:31.15 (1/20/07)
Career-Best Outdoor Times 1,500-Meter Run: 4:20.08 (4/28/07) 3,000-Meter Steeplechase: 10:00.11 (5/4/07)