2013 — Track – did not compete… letterwinner.
2012 — Indoor – did not compete… Outdoor – placed fifth in 3,000 meters with a collegiate-best 10:22.98 at Musco Twilight XIII… posted collegiate bests in 1,500 meters (4:40.70) at Arkansas Spring Invite and 5,000 meters (17:41.95) at Stanford Invite… Cross Country – posted collegiate best times at Toledo Bubble Buster (4,000 meters-13:52), Bradley Open (3 miles-17:14) and Big Ten Championships (6,000 meters-21:29)… the 4,000-meter time ranks sixth all-time at Iowa… placed 42nd at NCAA Midwest Regional (6,000 meters-21:49)… letterwinner.
2011 — Indoor – won mile at Iowa Invite with a collegiate-best 5:01.84… ran season-best 3,000 meters (10:10.23) at Razorback Invite… placed 23rd in 5,000 meters (17:40.19) at Big Ten Championships… Outdoor – did not compete… Cross Country – placed fifth at Iowa Invite (3,000 meters-10:39) and Iowa Open (4,000 meters-14:56)… placed 20th at Loyola Lakefront Invitational (5,000 meters-18:05)… team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors… letterwinner.
2008-2010 — ran cross country and track at Bradley University… earned all-conference honors in cross country and track… named Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week three times as a redshirt freshman… led Bradley in all seven cross country races she competed in during 2009 season… runner-up at 2009 MVC Championships and placed 24th at NCAA Regional, matching highest finishes for a Bradley individual runner at those races since 2002… her best 5,000-meter (17:37) and 6,000-meter (21:34.40) times rank second and third, respectively, all-time at Bradley… won individual cross country titles at Western Illinois Early Bird and Border War meets… two-time A.D. honor roll student.
High School — earned four varsity letters, and finished first at the 2007 state meet… earned three all-state honors finished second in 1,600 meters in 2008… coached by Clint LaFary.
Personal — born August 21, 1990… daughter of Bill and Connie Benson… art major.
|Benson’s Collegiate Bests|
|1,500 Meters (O)||4:40.70||at Arkansas Spring Invitational||3/31/12|
|Mile (I)||5:01.84||Iowa Invitational||2/18/11|
|3,000 Meters (I)||10:10.23||at Razorback Invitational||1/29/11|
|3,000 Meters (O)||10:22.98||Musco Twilight XIII||4/21/12|
|3,000 Meters (CC)||10:39||Iowa Invitational||9/16/11|
|4,000 Meters (CC)||13:52||at Toledo Bubble Buster||9/21/12|
|Three Miles (CC)||17:14||at Bradley Open||9/7/12|
|5,000 Meters (I)||17:40.19||at Big Ten Championships||2/27/11|
|5,000 Meters (O)||17:41.95||at Stanford Invitational||4/6/12|
|5,000 Meters (CC)||17:37||at Notre Dame Invitational||10/2/09|
|6,000 Meters (CC)||21:29||at Big Ten Championships||10/28/12|