Anthony Benitez
Anthony Benitez
Height: 5-6
Year: RFr.
Hometown: San Diego, CA
High School: Serra HS
Experience: RS

2018-19 -- Track: As a true freshman, took seventh place in the 1,500-meter final at the Big West Championships with a time of 3:55.62 ... the same day at the Conference Championships at UC Santa Barbara on May 11, returned to Pauley Track to run the 5,000 meters, in which he added a 14th-place showing of 15:09.83 ... clocked his season-best 1,500m performance at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific on April 19, finishing seventh in 3:50.76 ... also came in second at the UCSB dual April 27, via 3:52.74 ... in addition, earned 2019 Big West Commissioner’s Honors academically. Cross Country: While redshirting his first fall on campus, competed on an unattached-scoring basis at a trio of meets ... came in 76th overall at the Covert Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton in Brea on Sept. 1, with an 8k time of 26:28.7 ... then added a 24th-place time of 26:11.9 at UC Santa Barbara’s Lagoon Open on Sept. 15 ... closed debut by earning 48th place altogether at the Stanford Invitational Sept. 29, clocking a 25:25.5.

Prep -- Competing for Serra High School in San Diego, took sixth place at the 2017 CIF Division 3 State Cross Country Championships, running the 5k in 15:42.6 ... as a Conquistador junior coached by Jonn Pisapia, finished ninth at the State Championship Meet, with a performance of 15:23.8 ... his 2016 season also included a win at the Southern Cal Invitational, crossing first with a time of 15:32.6 ... in track season, clocked a 1,600-meter PR of 4:17.45 at the 2018 Mt. SAC Relays, earning 10th place, after winning his second straight Eastern League title ... came in fourth at the San Diego Section Division 2 Finals as a senior, in 4:18.57 ... top 3,200m performance, 9:22.0, took sixth place at the 2017 SDS Finals ... claimed back-to-back Eastern League crowns in the 3,200m in 2017 and 2018 ... also earned San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic honors while volunteering for Key Club.

Personal -- Also visited San Jose State, UC Davis and UCSB; chose Cal Poly because of the university being “an in-state school with the best possible engineering courses as well as an equally amazing team to bond with” ... majors in BioMedical Engineering, with career aspirations of “an end goal to provide care for those suffering in special conditions that were previously unsolvable.”