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Honors: ACC Academic Honor Roll (2015, 2016, 2017)

2016-17: Competed in four meets during the cross country season…Finished in 14th place in the 6K at the Duke Alumni Meet (9/2)…Ran a personal best 25:40.7 in the 8K at the ACC Cross Country Championships (10/28)…Set a new personal best in the 10K with a time of 32:45.9 at the Southeast Regional Championships...Competed in three events during the indoor campaign…Finished ninth in the mile at the Carolina Cup (1/13)…Raced in one event during the outdoor season…Ran in the 3,000m Steeplechase at the Duke Invitational (4/22), finishing in 21st place...Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2015-16: Competed in three meets during the 2015 fall campaign…posted a third-place finish at the season-opening Bull City Classic (9/12)…closed the cross country season with a seventh-place showing at the Three Stripe Invitational (11/7)…also posted a 52nd-place performance at the Royals Challenge (10/10)…saw action in one competition during the 2016 indoor season, finishing seventh in the 800 at the Carolina Cup (1/15)…toed the line for three races during the outdoor campaign…clocked a personal-best steeplechase time of 9:47.04 at the Battle of the Blues (4/2)…named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2014-15: Competed in his first collegiate cross country race at the Virginia Duals (8/29), placing 12th overall…saw a 25th-place finish at the JMU Invitational (9/13), clocking an 8K time of 26:08.50…ran a personal-best 8K time of 25:44.7 at the Royals XC Challenge (10/13), placing sixth overall in the process…did not compete during the 2015 indoor or outdoor season...named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2013-14: Indoors, opened his college career by clocking a converted 800 time of 1:59.07 at the Tar Heel Open (1/25), placing 14th in the process...Outdoors, competed three times...clocked a season-best 1,500 time of 4:07.33 at the VertKlasse Meeting (4/4)...ran a near identical 1,500 time of 4:07.34 at the Raleigh Relays (3/28) to begin his outdoor season...concluded his freshman campaign with a 25th-place showing in the mile at the Joe Hilton Invitational (4/12), running a time of 4:23.66.  

Prior to Duke: Four year letterwinner in cross country and track & field under Ken Hendler at Oceanside Senior  High School…competed at the 2012 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship…twice named to All-County Cross Country team (2011, 2012)…received All-Long Island honors in the 4x800 as a junior...raced at the New Balance Indoor Nationals…National AP Scholar…Vice-President of National Honor Society.

Personal: Son of John and Jean Benesch…born May 18, 1995…has one older brother, Jeffrey Benesch, who competed for Sacred Hearth University.

Cross Country PRs
5K- 15:55 (High School)
8K- 25:44.7 (10/13/2014)

Indoor PRs
800m- 1:56 (High School)
1000m- 2:35 (High School)
3000m- 9:05.76 (2/4/2017)

Outdoor PRs
Steeplechase- 9:47.04 (4/2/2016)
Mile- 4:23 (High School)

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