Born March 1982 in Orem, Utah ... parents are Lawrence and Rebecca Benson.
Lettered in track three years, soccer four years and basketball one year at Mountain View HS ... academic all-state in three sports ... second-team all-state in soccer and basketball ... first-team all-state in track ... state champion in 300m hurdles.
Academic All-American two years at Rick's College ... named MVP for cross country and track ... named female athlete of the year ... regional champion in cross country ... 2001 NJCAA National Champion in the cross country ... NJCAA National Champion in the steeple chase and second in the 5,000m ... best times are 18:09 (5K) and 10:25 (steeple chase).
2002 | Junior Year
Finished ninth at the Autumn Classic with a time of 22:11.7 ... fifth team finisher and 32nd overall at the Great American Festival in a time of 19:19.6 ... placed fourth at the Arizona State Invitational (5K) in 18:00 ... finished ninth at the Pre-Nationals Open Race with a time of 21:50.9.