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Benson Cheserek
Benson Cheserek

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Nairobi, Kenya

High School:
Chebara

Last College:
Kenyatta University

Experience:
2L


2005 OUTDOOR: All-conference performer in the 3000M steeplechase with a seventh-place finish at the Big 12 Championships in a regional qualifying time of 9:01.80...earned another regional qualifying mark with a time of 9:07.38 in the collegiate division of the event with a third-place finish at the Drake Relays...finished eighth at the Texas Relays in the collegiate 3000M steeplechase in a time of 9:08.28...at the UTEP Invitational, ran a personal-best 3:55.00 in a fourth-place effort in the 1500M...ran the 5000M at the Mt. SAC Relays in a personal-best 14:47.37...member of the 4xMile relay team that finished second at the Drake Relays in a time of 16:43.74.

2005 INDOOR: ... Mile ... clocked a career-best 4:13.96 at the Wes Kittley Classic ... 3000M ... ran a 8:33.01 and a 8:38.03 at the Tyson Invite and the Wes Kittley 6-Way, respectively ... DMR ... earned all-conference honors with the squad that clocked a 14:08.36 and finished in eighth place at the conference meet.

2004 CROSS COUNTRY: Was Tech's top performer at the Lobo Invite with a time of 25:35 and a fifth-place finish, his highest finish of the season ... finished second for the Red Raiders at the Roy Griak Invite, the Cowboy Jamboree, NCAA Pre-Nationals and the Big 12 Championships ... ran a 31:20.4 at the NCAA Mountain Regionals (10K) ... named first-team academic All-Big 12.

2004 OUTDOOR: Competed in the 800M, 1500M, 3000M and 3000M steeplechase ... regional qualifier in the 3000M steeplechase ... 800M ... finished second at the UTEP Invitational with a time of 1:55.92 ... 1500M ... runner-up at the MJ Invitational with a time of 3:58.12 ... ran a time of 3:58.63 at the UTEP Invitational for a third-place finish ... 3000M ... took home first at the TTU Invitational in a time of 9:00.80 ... 3000M STEEPLECHASE ... set a career best time of 8:57.63 at the Mt. Sac Relays for a fourth-place finish ... took home first at the TTU Invitational in a time of 9:22.22 ... wrapped up season with a time of 9:30.36 at Regionals for a 12th-place finish.

2004 INDOOR: Competed in the mile, 3000M and DMR ... MILE ... took first at the Red Raider Classic with a time of 4:18.78 ... 3000M ... had a season-best time of 8:19.50 at the Tyson Invitational for a second-place finish ... ran a 8:30.88 and 8:38.22 at the Big 12 Championships and Texas Tech Quad, for 23rd- and fourth-place finishes, respectively ... finished in first at the Red Raider Invitational with a time of 8:43.00 ... DMR ... member of DMR team who finished ninth at the Big 12 Championships with a time of 10:04.42 and first at the Red Raider Classic with a time of 11:03.14.

2003 CROSS COUNTRY: Tech's top finisher on the season in every meet except one ... won the gold at the UT-Arlington Invite with a time of 20:16, earning Big 12 Runner of the Week ... best time on an 8000M course was 24:56 at the Cowboy Jamboree with a 19th-place finish ... ran a 30:47 at the Chili Pepper Invite for a 30th-place finish .... turned in a 19th-place finish at the Big 12 Championships with a time of 25:30 ... competed at the Mountain Regional as an individual with a 34th-place finish, running the course in 32:06.

BEFORE TECH: Ran at Kenyatta University for the cross country team ... finished second in the 3000M at the varsity championship ... finished fourth at the varsity cross country championship ... 2000 graduate of Chebara high school.

PERSONAL Born 2-27-83 in Marakwet, Kenya ... son of Paul and Salina Cheserek ... has one older sibling, Edwin and three younger siblings, Hilary, Zeddy and Veronica ... majoring in exercise sport science.

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