Shanthi Blanchard
Shanthi Blanchard
Height: 5-6
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Carbondale, Ill.
High School: Carbondale Community

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2006-07: Placed 49th in San Francisco Invitational on 9/2 with a 5k time of 20:19.30...Placed 6th in Holy Names Invitational on 9/22 with a 5k time of 20:48...Placed 14th in Stanford Invitational on 9/30 with a 5k time of 20:03...Placed 101st in Santa Clara Bronco Invitational on 10/14 with a 5k time of 20:04.0.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2006 graduate of Carbondale Community High School in Carbondale, Ill. ... coached by Gary Holda ... also ran track, played basketball and did tae kwon do ... three-time first-team All-Conference honoree ... twice named first-team All-South ... four-time state qualifier ... team won conference twice ... earned CCHS Outstanding Athlete Award ... Wendy's High School Heisman nominee ... served as a teacher's assistant for special education classes.

PERSONAL: Parents are Richard and Shanthi Blanchard ... has one older brother, Bill ... mother played field hockey for the Malaysian National Team ... two uncles were members of the Malaysian Olympic Teams of 1972 and '76 ... enjoys watching Anderson Cooper on CNN and South Park ... enjoys, movies, books, writing, and volunteering with the Special Olympics ... career goal is to work in international relations ... plans to major in political science.