Record-Breaking Academic and Athletic Year Continues for Penn State Student-Athletes
Nittany Lions host final indoor meet of the season
On the National Scene ... || 2014 Outdoor || Qualified for the NCAA East Prelims in the 3,000-meter steeplechase ... Finished 25th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:27.05) at the NCAA East Prelims || 2013 Outdoor || Qualified for the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round in the 3,000-meter steeplechase ... Finished 28th overall. || 2012 Outdoor || Finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships ... Also competed in the 3,000 meters. || 2011 Cross Country || Was the lone Penn State freshman to compete on the Nittany Lions' 13th-place squad at the NCAA Cross Country Championships ... Placed 203rd overall at NCAAs, finishing at Penn State's sixth runner ... Finished 45th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships.
At the Big Ten Championships ... || 2014 Outdoor || Placed 13th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:28.80) || 2014 Indoor || A member of the ninth-place distance medley relay team (11:34.83) || 2013 Outdoor || Placed 11th overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 10:30.68. || 2013 Indoor || Was a member of the Nittany Lions' fifth-place distance medley, which finished in 11:21.39 ... Also competed in the mile run. || 2012 Cross Country || Finished 55th overall in 21:02 for 6,000-meters. || 2012 Outdoor || Competed in the steeplechase, placing 25th overall. || 2012 Indoor || Finished 12th in her preliminary heat of the mile, running a PR 4:54.41. || 2011 Cross Country || Placed 50th overall in her first-career appearance at the Big Ten Championships.
On the Course ... || 2013 Cross Country || Began the 2013 season with a second-place finish at the Dolan Duals ... Placed eighth at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational || 2012 Cross Country || Turned in a solid sophomore season, with her highest individual finish coming with a fourth-place effort at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals ... Also finished in the Nittany Lion top seven at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, placing 16th overall ... Finished 11th in the "B" race at the Adidas Wisconsin Invitational. || 2011 Cross Country || Highest individual finish was fifth at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals ... Also recorded appearances at the Roy Griak and Notre Dame Invitationals, as well as the Penn State National.
Around the Track ... || 2014 Outdoor || Opened the 2014 outdoor season with a lifetime-best time of 10:20.76 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to place seventh at the Stanford Invitational ... Her time of 10:20.76 ranks seventh all-time in the school history ... Won the 1,500-meter run at the Team Challenge with her time of 4:36.00 ... Ran a season-best time of 4:35.91 in the 1,500-meter run at the Kehoe Twilight Meet || 2014 Indoor || Opened the 2014 indoor season on the distance medley relay team (11:44.84) that finished first at the Penn State Indoor Relays ... Posted a season-best time of 9:41.96 in the 3,000-meter run to finish fifth at the Penn State National Invitational ... Ran to a third-place finish in the mile run at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup with her season-best time of 4:53.14 || 2013 Outdoor || Clocked a lifetime-best 10:26.44 in the steeplechase at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic ... Time ranks eighth in the all-time Penn State standings in the event ... Also competed at the Stanford Invitational, finishing 14th in the steeple. || 2013 Indoor || Finished second in the Nittany Lions' inaugural indoor 2K steeplechase at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup ... Ran a personal-best 4:50.80 for the mile at the Penn State National, finishing 12th ... Assisted on third-place DMRS at the Penn State National, and Nittany Lion Challenge ... Posted a lifetime-best 9:37.81 for the 3,000 at the Washington Husky Classic. || 2012 Outdoor || Clocked a PR 10:35.53 in the steeplechase at Penn Relays ... Finished third in the 1500 at the Jim Click Shootout, running 4:30.94 ... Took second overall in the 1500 at the Bucknell Team Challenge ... Placed fourth in the steeplechase at the Bison Outdoor Classic. || 2012 Indoor || Was a member of the second-place DMR at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup ... Took fifth in the mile at the Nittany Lion Challenge ... Ran a 3K PR of 9:46.63 at the Flotrack Husky Classic at Washington.
Before Penn State ... || High School || Took top honors in the 1500-meters at the N.Y. Section 6 State Qualifier as a senior, and would run a PR 4:34.44 at the N.Y. State Championships in the event ... Was a two-time Section 6 Champion during her senior indoor season, winning both the 1000-meters and 1500 ... Owned PRs of 2:15.69 for the 800-meters, 2:54.10 in the 1000, and 10:29.60 in the 3,000-meters out of high school ... Was also an N.Y. state qualifier in cross country. || Personal || Daughter of Mike and Amy Benson ... Born November 18, 1993 ... Majoring in Nutrition.
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