John Bennett
John Bennett
Height: 6-1
Year: RFr.
Hometown: Livermore, CA
High School: Granada HS
Experience: RS

2018-19 -- Track: Scored in two events at the Big West Championship Meet as a true freshman ... on Day 1 at UC Santa Barbara on May 10, took fifth place in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:55.09; came back to Pauley Track the next evening to finish eighth at the Conference Finals in the 5,000m, via 14:49.85, his second season-best performance of the weekend ... ran the 1,500m once, debuting at 3:56.58 at the 37th annual Cal Poly #ShareSLO Invitational on March 23 ... also recorded a third-place 3,000m debut of 8:22.87 at the UCSB dual April 27 ... in addition, earned 2019 Big West Commissioner’s Highest Honors academically. Cross Country: While redshirting, competed on an unattached-scoring basis at a pair of regular-season meets: came in 58th place overall at Cal State Fullerton’s Covert Classic contested in Brea on Sept. 1, with an 8k time of 26:08.3, before adding a 54th-place performance of 25:34.0 at the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 29.

Prep -- As a senior for Granada High School in Livermore, ran the third-fastest 3,200-meter time throughout the entire state of California in 2018 — 8:57.33 — at the Arcadia Invitational (good for 12th place at the nationally-attended meet) ... went on to take 18th place at the 2018 CIF State Championships, clocking a performance of 9:14.31 ... in the 1,600m, posted a PR of 4:14.50 at the 2017 North Coast Section Tri-Valley Championships, where he came in second ... added a 4:14.89 for runner-up status at the 2018 East Bay Athletic League Finals ... in cross country season for the Matadors (coached by Noel Mattern), ran the 5k in 15:39.0 at the 2017 Clovis Invitational, taking 35th place ... also during his senior season, earned 27th place at the CIF Division 2 State Championship with a time of 15:57.6, after recording a second-place (2.98-mile) showing of 15:15.6 at the EBAL Championships ... academically, was selected for the Granada Boosters Student-Athlete Olympian Award along with a Rotary Student of the Month accolade in April 2018 and a Top Scholar certificate.

Personal -- Mom, Laura, is a Cal Poly alumna — as is cousin Rebecca Paddack, also a distance competitor for the Mustangs from 2008-12, an NCAA Championship First Round 5,000m qualifier ... also visited San Jose State and UC San Diego; chose Cal Poly because he “chose to major in Mechanical Engineering where (his) love for Math, Physics and Science are utilized all at once” and “because of the excellent program and ‘Learn by Doing’ motto.”