Feb. 3, 2012
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By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF track and field team is proud to announce the addition of Megan Patterson (Pueblo, Colo.) and Anne-Marie Blaney (Ocala, Fla.) to the Knight family. Patterson, a thrower, and Blaney, a distance runner, have signed national letters of intent and will join UCF in the fall of 2012.
"Megan is a very high-profile athlete, and I think it speaks volumes about UCF when we can attract those kinds of athletes," UCF throws coach Jeff Chakouian said. "She is very dedicated to working hard and she is very gifted athletically. We're really happy she chose UCF and we are looking forward to what she will accomplish in her senior year of high school."
Patterson is a two-time state shot put champion and ranks as the fifth-best shot-putter in the nation in the 2012 class. She is also a starter on Pueblo South's girls basketball team, which ranks third in the state of Colorado.
Blaney is the daughter of former University of Florida cross country and track All American Mike Blaney. She is a three-time district champion and placed three times at the FHSAA cross country state championships.
"Anne-Marie is someone who loves to run and is a competitor," UCF distance and cross country coach Paul Brown said. "We take pride in recruiting Florida's finest athletes, and we are thrilled that someone as talented as she is chose UCF. She will add tremendous depth to our cross country and distance corps."
Full bios on the pair can be found below.
Pueblo, Colo./Pueblo South High School
Shot Put: 47-9.75
Prior to UCF: A two-time state shot put champion...Set a state meet record of 44 feet and 11 inches as a sophomore...Won the class 4A state title a year later with a throw of 45-11, also a state meet record...Her personal best of 47-9 ranks as the best in the history of Pueblo...Placed fourth in the discus at the 2011 Colorado State Championships...The first athlete from Pueblo South to win a state championship in any sport...Named to Denver Post's 2011 All-Colorado Girls Track and Field team and the All-Class 4A Track and Field Team in the shot put...Also a member of the basketball team, which at the time of publication holds an undefeated record and is ranked third in the state of Colorado.
Personal: Also considered Alabama, Auburn, Colorado State and Buffalo.
Ocala, Fla./Belleview High School
1600 Meter Run: 5:15.55
3200 Meter Run: 11:07.91
5000 Meter Run: 17:39.10
Prior to UCF: A three-time Ocala Star Banner's Girls' Cross Country Athlete of the Year and the 2010 Track Athlete of the Year...The 2011 FACA Girls MVP and Champion, taking first place in the 5000m at the senior all-star meet...Earned FACA 2010 Cross Country All-State Second Team laurels...A three-time district champion...Placed on three occasions at the state cross country meet, including a third-place finish as a sophomore...Ran a time of 18:24 at the MCIAC meet, which set a new Belleview High School course record... Set a McKethan Lake Park course record with a personal-record, first-place time of 17:39.10 at the District 3A-6 meet...Emerged as the 2011 FHSAA 3A Region 2 champion...Finished sixth at the 2011 state cross country meet.
Personal: Daughter of former University of Florida cross country and outdoor track All-American Mike Blaney...Also considered UF, Ole Miss, South Florida and North Florida.