DURHAM, NH – University of New Hampshire freshman Cody Blake of the Wildcat men’s outdoor track and field program passed away on July 3, 2007.
Blake became UNH’s top hurdler throughout the course of both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Blake raced to a first place finish in his best event the 400-meter hurdles at the College of the Holy Cross Invitational in a time of 55.13 seconds. Blake brought his time down throughout the course of the season and was second at the University of Massachusetts Invitational (54.98). He peaked at the America East Championships by placing third overall (54.45) to help lead the Wildcats to a second place finish.
"He was just a tenacious competitor," said Jim Boulanger, the men's track and field coach at UNH. "I don't think Cody Blake liked to lose."
Blake was born in Concord and was the son of Mark A. Blake and Marcey Blake-Davis. He lived in the Penacook area all of his life.
Cody was a 2006 graduate of Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, where he excelled in academics and athletics. He was an honor student and track star who helped lead his team to the 2006 Class I State Championship in track and field. He holds numerous school and state records.