Events: Javelin (216-4)
A leader of the LSU throws group during his collegiate career from 2007-11 ... Earned four letters outdoors while competing for the Tigers in the javelin ... Scored a total of eight points for the Tigers in four appearances at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Earned his best career SEC finish with a fourth place during his senior season in 2011 ... Wrapped up his career with a personal record of 216 feet, 4 inches in the javelin ... Was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Also honored four times as a recipient of the LSU Scholar-Athlete Directors Cup.
Was an NCAA Championships qualifier in the javelin in his final season with the Tigers in 2011 ... Threw 196-8 to finish in 31st place at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Bloomington, Ind. ... Recorded a seasonal-best mark of 215-2 in a fourth-place finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Scored five points for the Tigers in his best career finish at the SEC Outdoor meet ... Took fifth place in the college javelin at the Penn Relays with a series-best mark of 204-3 ... Opened the outdoor season by throwing 198-8 for his runner-up finish at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational ... Placed sixth in the javelin at the LSU Alumni Gold (189-10) ... Honored again as a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and recipient of the LSU Scholar-Athlete Directors Cup based on his outstanding performance in the classroom.
Earned a varsity letter while competing during the outdoor season in 2010 ... Threw the javelin in eight meets during his junior season ... Scored two points for the Tigers with a seventh-place finish in the javelin competition at the 2010 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. ... Recorded a throw of 206 feet, 6 inches at the conference meet ... Matched that performance with a top throw of 206-6 en route to a 22nd-place finish at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C. ... Recorded his outdoor seasonal best in the opener at the Louisiana Classics, where he earned a third-place finish with a mark of 210-4 ... Won the javelin title at the Miami Elite Invitational with a throw of 206-2 ... Also threw the javelin at the LSU Tiger Relays (202-0), Texas Relays (193-11), LSU Alumni Gold (207-0) and Penn Relays (199-2) ... Selected to the SEC Academic Honor Roll another time following the 2010 season.
Competed in the javelin at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships for the second-straight season ... Earned a 12th-place finish in the event at the regional meet with a mark of 206-11 ... Scored one point for the Tigers at the SEC Outdoor Championships with an eighth-place finish in the javelin ... Recorded a mark of 207-11 at the conference meet ... Took third-place in the event at the LSU Tiger Relays with a new personal-best throw of 216-4 ... Made his second career appearance at the Texas Relays (203-9) and the Penn Relays (208-3) ... Finished seventh in the university division at the Texas Relays and fifth overall at the Penn Relays ... Also threw the javelin at the Louisiana Classics (196-3), Sun Angel Classic (196-1) and LSU Alumni Gold (206-3) ... Did not compete during the indoor season ... A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the first time in his career and recipient of the LSU Scholar-Athlete Directors Cup in 2009.
Improved his personal best in the javelin by more than 26 feet during the 2008 season ... Was an NCAA Mideast Regional participant for the first time in his career ... Just missed earning an automatic qualifying spot into the NCAA Championships with a seasonal best and personal-best throw of 216 feet, 1 inch to finish in sixth place ... Qualified for the regional meet with a throw of 212-5 at the Tiger Invitational on April 12 ... Participated in the javelin at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Auburn, Ala., where he fouled on his three attempts ... Also threw the javelin at the Willie Williams Classic (198-3), LSU Tiger Relays (200-10), Texas Relays (192-2) and Penn Relays (202-4) ... Did not compete during the indoor season ... A recipient of the LSU Scholar-Athlete Directors Cup as a redshirt freshman in 2008.
Received a redshirt during the 2007 season.
PRIOR TO LSU
Earned three letters in track and field at St. Thomas More High School under the direction of head coach Sam Heinnen ... Won a state title in the javelin during the 2005 outdoor campaign with a heave of 180-10 ... Came to LSU with a personal best in the event of 189-10 ... Also competed in football and baseball during his high school career ... Graduated with a stellar 3.86 grade-point average.
Full name is Mark Robert DeBlanc ... Born on Aug. 7, 1987 ... Son of Cyrus and Diane DeBlanc ... Has four older siblings: Dawn, Beth, Chris and Eric ... Majoring in finance.