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Abbie Benson
Abbie Benson


Elma, N.Y.

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Nittany Lions Impress in the Rain

The Penn State cross country teams captured team titles Saturday at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational


Creese, Benson Claim Titles in Lock Haven

Both Penn State cross country teams finished first at the Dolan Duals


23 Cross Country Athletes Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors

Rodden leads the way with 4.0 cumulative GPA


Record 100 Penn State Student-Athletes Honored with Academic All-Big Ten Awards

Penn State leads all Big Ten institutions in Fall honorees


Cross Country To Toe The Line In Louisville

Nittany Lion women's squad goes into NCAA Championships with No. 9 ranking


On the National Scene ... || 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 ... || 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 ... || 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 Kinesiology.

Collegiate Personal Bests || Track and Field

Event Indoor Outdoor
800m *** 2:19.82
1500m *** 4:30.94
Mile 4:50.80 ***
3000m 9:37.81 ***
3K Steeple *** 10:26.44

2012 Meet-by-Meet Results

Date Event Distance Overall Team Scoring PSU Time
8/31 Lock Haven Dolan Duals 4K 4th 4 1st 14:41
9/8 Harry Groves Spiked Shoe 6K 16th 7 1st 22:16
9/29 Greater Louisville 5K 49th 4 5th 17:53
10/12 Wisconsin Invite 6K 11th-B 8 8th 21:16
10/28 Big Ten Championships 6K 55th 8 3rd 21:32

2011 Meet-by-Meet Results

Date Event Distance Overall Team Scoring PSU Time
9/2 Lock Haven Dolan Duals 4K 5th 5th 5th 14:17
9/24 Roy Griak Invitational 6K 79th 78th 4th 21:52
9/30 Notre Dame Invitational 5K 48th 48th 4th 17:48
10/14 Penn State National 6K 34th 34th 5th 22:26
10/30 Big Ten Championships 6K 50th 49th 6th 21:27
11/12 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional 6K+ 45th 44th 6th 23:07
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