Event: 800M (IN: 1:49.37; OUT: 1:49.18)
LSU’s leading middle distance runner during his true freshman season in 2014 … An NCAA qualifier in the 800 meters in his debut season, finishing in 38th place overall at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds while running 1 minute, 49.76 seconds in the first round of qualifying … Finished in 18th place overall at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships after clocking 1:51.80 in the preliminary round … Also lined up in the 1,500 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships, running 3:57.19 for 14th place in qualifying … Opened the outdoor season by winning back-to-back 800-meter titles at the Jim Mize Invitational (1:49.80) and Battle on the Bayou (1:49.60) … Raced to a lifetime personal best of 1:49.18 in a runner-up finish at the LSU Alumni Gold … Also earned a second-place finish at Miami’s Hurricane Alumni Invitational with a time of 1:49.69 … Ran a personal best of 3:48.89 in a fifth-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the LSU Invitational … Nearly earned a spot in the 800-meter final in his debut at the SEC Indoor Championships … Earned a ninth-place finish in qualifying at the SEC Indoor meet with a time of 1:50.13 … Won the 800 meters at Notre Dame’s Alex Wilson Invitational with an indoor personal-best time of 1:49.37 … Broke 1:50 for the first time in his collegiate career at the Tyson Invitational, clocking 1:49.70 to win the college division of the 800 meters … Placed second at the Auburn Indoor Invitational (1:50.82), third at the Texas A&M Triangular (1:52.74) and fourth at the Aggie Invitational (1:53.02) … Won the 600 meters for the New Mexico Team Invitational with a time of 1:18.75.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the nation’s elite middle distance prospects for the Class of 2013 … Signed with the Tigers with personal bests of 1:51.16 outdoors and 1:52.22 indoors in the 800 meters … Dropped his lifetime PR in back-to-back meets during the 2013 outdoor season with times of 1:50.90 at the B.S. Walker Relays and 1:50.47 at the Lagrange Toyota Gator Relays in a pair of wins during his senior season … Was the No. 8-ranked 800-meter runner nationally at the prep level during the 2013 outdoor season … Defended his Louisiana Class 4A state championship in the 800 meters with a winning run of 1:53.25 at the 2013 Louisiana High School Athletics Association Outdoor State Track & Field Championships … Ended the 2013 indoor season as the No. 13-ranked 800-meter runner nationally in the high school ranks after opening his senior season with an indoor PR of 1:52.22 at the Indoor Alumni Age Group Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex in Alabama … Opened his senior season with a bang following a record-breaking junior season at St. Louis High School in 2012 … Followed the high school season in 2013 by finishing in sixth place overall in the 800 meters at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals held at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina … Clocked 1:51.18 for sixth place at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals … Set the Class 4A state meet record in the 800-meter final at the 2012 Louisiana High School Athletics Association Class 4A Outdoor State Championships held at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium … Ran a 2012 seasonal best of 1:51.16 to win the state championship as the leading 800-meter runner in the state of Louisiana … Broke the previous 24-year-old Class 4A state record of 1:51.58 set by Rocky Johnson of Parkway High School in 1988 … Ended the 2012 outdoor season as the No. 27-ranked 800-meter nationally regardless of class and the No. 7-ranked prep performer in the U.S. among members of the Class of 2013 … Swept District 4-4A (1:54.02) and Region 2-4A (1:52.07) titles in the 800 meters in the 2012 outdoor season en route to winning the Class 4A state championship in the event … Was also crowned the District 4-4A champion in the 400-meter dash during his junior season while running a lifetime best of 50.39 at the district meet … Defended his Region 2-4A title as a senior in 2013 with a winning time of 1:51.60 at the regional meet … Claimed the silver medal in the 800-meter final as the state runner-up at the 2012 LHSAA Division II Indoor State Championships that were held at LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House … Ran the previous Division II indoor state meet record of 1:57.11 in winning his first career state championship in the 800 meters as a sophomore in 2011.
Full name is Blair J’von Henderson … Born on Oct. 4, 1994 … Parents are Basil and Penny Henderson … Has three brothers named Blake, Brock and Brandt … Has one younger sister named Brooke … An honor student who has maintained a 3.46 cumulative grade-point average during his prep career at St. Louis Catholic High School … Majoring in kinesiology.