Nearly 40 student-athletes join class of 2012
MU will wait to learn NCAA fate Thursday
MU men placed 12th at BIG EASTs, women 15th
MU returns to action Saturday at the Valley
Track and field wins both crowns at WIU.
2010-11: Competed in the javelin at eight meets during the outdoor season ... Threw a season-best 126 feet, 8 inches (38.62 meters) at the season-opening USF Bulls Invitational (March 18) to place sixth ... Recorded top-three finishes at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational (second, April 1) and the DePaul Invitational (third, April 16) ...BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
2009-10: Competed twice in the shot put during the indoor season, with a top toss of (10.47 meters) at the dual meet vs. Milwaukee on Jan. 23...During the outdoor season competed mainly in the javelin... Reached a top distance of (35.11 meters) at the SIU Spring Classic in the javelin to finish sixth...Recorded second-place finishes in the javelin at the Iowa Invitational (April 17) and Marquette Twilight (April 24) on back-to-back weekends.
2008-09: Finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles at the Notre Dame Invitational...Earned a fifth place finish in the pentathlon at the Grand Valley Early Bird...Ran an indoor season best time of 9.71 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Hoosier Hills Invitational...Also finished fourth in the long jump with an indoor season best leap of 15-02.75...Took second in the 100-meter hurdles at the UWM vs MU Dual Meet...Also joined Mensah, Darnall and Fritz on 4x100 relay team that took second...Jumped a season best distance in the long jump, 16-11.25, at the Wisconsin Twilight...Took tenth over all in the heptathlon at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships...Threw a BIG EAST qualifying distance in the javelin of 120-4.75 at the John McDonnell Invitational...With an outdoor season best throw of 133-07 in the javelin qualified for the Junior National Championships.
High School: Benjamin was a four-time letterwinner in indoor track and field at Coyle Cassidy High School...Two-time Eastern Athletic Conference All Star her junior and senior seasons...Named Massachusetts All-Scholastic in 2007 and 2008...As a junior and senior, qualified for the state meet in the pentathlon...Holds school marks in the 4x200m relay and the pentathlon team record...At the state meet, finished sixth in the hurdles and eighth in the pentathlon...Also a four-time letterwinner in volleyball while captaining the squad her senior season...Was a volleyball conference all-star and all-scholastic athlete in 2006 and 2007...Earned three letters on the softball team...Named 2007 Student Athlete of the Year, 2008 ARMY Student Athlete of the Year...Received the Athletic Excellence Award in 2008 and the 2008 ARETE Excellence in All Things Award.
Personal: Benjamin was born on Aug. 20, 1990 in Stoughton, Mass. to James Benjamin and Marlene Johnson...Plans to major in psychology.