Michael Bland
Michael Bland
Height: 5-9
Year: Senior
Hometown: Long Branch, N.J.
High School: Long Branch
Position: Sprints
2006-07: Placed third in 100m dash (10.43) and 200m dash (22.04) at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship ... finished second in 55m dash (6.32) and third in 200m dash (22.15) at the 2007 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championship ... placed fourth in the 55m dash (6.43) and seventh in the 200m dash (22.06) at the IC4A Championship ... finished third in the 55m dash (6.40) at the New England Championship. 2005-06: Set a school-record in the 55m dash with a time of 6.34 at the IC4A Indoor Championship ... won the 55m dash (6.37) at the New England Indoor Championship ... won 100m dash (10.65), placed fourth in 200m (21.66), and was a member of 4x100m relay team which placed first (41.45) at the New England Outdoor Championship. High School: Four-year member of outdoor track & field team and three-year member of indoor team ... served as captain of both indoor and outdoor team as a junior and senior ... school record holder in 55m hash, 100m dash, and 200m dash ... All-Group II/III and All-Shore as a junior and senior ... all-county selection as a sophomore, junior and senior ... also played on Long Branch football team (three varsity letters), serving as team captain as a senior ... member of African-American Honor Roll club ... three-year class president. Personal: Born September 25, 1986 ... son of Kellie and Teddy Drakford ... has one sibling - Lauren ... cousin of former Dallas Cowboys player Ed 'Too Tall' Jones ... enjoys reading, running, and following politics ... cites the Oakland Raiders and New York Mets as his favorite pro teams ... member of URI football team ... attended Milford Academy for one year ... political science major at URI.