Andrew Blaser - Senior - Track & Field - Meridian, Idaho
A heavy workload is nothing new to Andrew Blaser. When he transferred to Idaho and walked on to the track and field team in 2009, he worked three jobs in addition to his studies and his sport. He’s a decathlete, so it makes sense that he’s comfortable under high pressure.
“I came in with nothing and worked into that scholarship,” Blaser said of his award. “For me, it let me know I did something right. I really did take care of my business on the track for my team, the university and for myself.”
Blaser took care of business, indeed, at the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, where he won three events, scored a school-record 40 points, and led the Vandals to their first men’s WAC title in any sport. He earned five First-Team All-WAC honors at the meet and was rewarded with the WAC High Point Award and WAC Men’s Outstanding Field Performer honor. For Blaser, it was always about the team.
“The entire weekend was all about winning a team title, and we did it,” Blaser said. “To get any award at the end is awesome, but winning that team title was the most amazing way to go out my senior year.”
Blaser said he intends to try his hand at coaching once his career is finished. As a 14-time All-WAC honoree over nine events, he certainly has the diverse experience to succeed. He’s a Food and Nutrition major with a 3.21 cumulative grade-point average, and says he ultimately plans to earn a master’s degree in health and nutrition, and work in the public health field.