University of Iowa Athletics

Nicole Benson

Class Jr.
Hometown Peoria, Ill.
High School Bradley
Nicole Benson - Women's Cross Country - University of Iowa Athletics

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
Event Time Meet Date
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