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2008-2009 Men's Track Roster

Philip Benavides

Class: JR
Position: Distance
Height: 6-1
Weight: 165 pounds
Previous School: Knoxville Catholic HS
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

Earned All-Sun Belt honors as member of the DMR team at the Sun Belt Championships with finished third in 10:18.31...Set a personal best in the 800 meters at the Rod McCravy running a 2:01.69 finishing 32nd overall...Placed eighth in the 800 in 2:05.03 at the Middle Tennessee Classic...Finished 13th in the 800 in 2:04.65 at the MT Valentine Invitational.
Outdoor: Set a lifetime best of 4:07.12 in the 1500 meters at the Boston-Moon Classic...Won as a member of the distance medley relay team in a time of 10:05.04 and placed sixth in 8:08.29 in the 4x800 meter relay at the Georgia Relays...Placed ninth in the 800 at the Western Kentucky Invitational in 1:56.82...Placed 10th in 800 in 1:55.01 at the Sun Belt Championships...Came in 24th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.14 at the Tiger Track Classic.

Finished in the Top 45 in five of six events ... Placed 39th at Belmont Opener in 16:43.71 (5K) and 38th at UTC Powerade Invitational in 17:08 (5K) ... Finished 43rd at Old Timers Classic in 28:03.71 (5 miles) and 191st at Louisville Classic in 27:14.18 (8K) ... Posted 11th-place showing at FrontRunner Invitational in 16:59 (5K) and placed 33rd at Sun Belt Championships in 27:30.91 (5 miles). Indoor: Finished sixth in the mile run in 4:33.35 and eighth in 3:45.65 as member of the mile relay team at the MT Christmas Invitational...Placed 17th in the mile (4:33.49) at the Kentucky Invitational...Came in ninth in the 3000 meters in 9:16.45 at the Blue Raider Invitational...Ran the mile in 4:38.18 at the Middle Tennessee Classic placing 11th...Placed 39th in the 3000 meters in 9:01.95 at the Rod McCravy Memorial...Finished 21st in the mile run in 4:43.10 at the Sun Belt Championships.Outdoor: Ran with the 4x1500m relay finishing third and distance medley relay in second at the Clemson Relays in times of 16:51.40 and 10:47.37, respectively...Set a personal best of 4:08.98 in the 1500 meters placing 34th at the Tiger Track Classic...Placed 15th with a personal best of 4:07.14 at the Boston-Moon Classic...Finished first as member of the 4x1500m relay team at the Sea Ray Relays...Set a personal best of 15:38.88 in the 5000 meters finishing 21st at the Vanderbilt Invitational...Came in 13th in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 10:39.33.

Finished 39th in 17:29 over 5K at UTC Opener and 34th in 30:40.70 over 8K at WKU Old Timers Classic ... Placed 35th in 17:27 over 5K at FrontRunner Invitational ... Came in 53rd at Sun Belt Championships in 28:35.48 over 8K. Indoor: Did not run. Outdoor: Placed 30th in 1500-meters in 4:12.19 at Yellowjacket Invitational ... Finished 26th in 1500 in 4:11.91 and member of eighth-place 4x400-meter relay (3:37.38) at Tiger Track Classic ... Posted personal-best 9:08.20, placing 11th in 3000-meters at Boston Moon Classic ... Set another PR in 3000 in 9:03.67 and ran 800-meters in 2:02.62 at Vanderbilt Invitational ... Placed 12th in 5000-meters in 15:40.01 at Stan Lyons Invitational ... Came in 13th in 10000-meters in 36:22.17 at Sun Belt Championships.

High School: Two-year letterwinner in track and cross country at Knoxville Catholic HS ... Region and metro champion and finished third in state for two miles ... Holds school record for two miles ... Also lettered three years in soccer.

Personal: Philip Austin Benavides ... Son of Dolly Young and Phil Benavides ... Born February 21, 1988 ... Majoring in Business Administration.