UCSD Cross Country BIO
 Benjamin Rich

One of six recipients of the Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award for having the highest grade-point averages among graduating seniors ... CCAA All-Academic ... Ran in 3 races ... Finished 39th at CSU San Bernardino Invitational with a time of 31:02.3 ... Finished career at the Triton Classic with a finish of 59th place and a time of 28:33.5.

CCAA All-Academic ... A UCSD Athletics All-Academic Team member ... Set team's Academic Standard ... Contended in UCSD’s first five meets ... Finished eighth among Tritons and 28th overall at the CCAA Championships, where the clock showed a time of 26:56.5 to end his season ... Had back-to-back finishes as the second displacer for UCSD, including a 35th-place showing at the adidas/UC Irvine Invitational (26:27.5) and a season-best, 11th-place effort at the Lancer Invitational (26:11) ... Took 22nd place at the 20th Annual Triton Invitational, crossing the finish line in 27:15.1 ... Entered the season with a 12th-place finish at the UCSD Opener (22:40.8).

CCAA All-Academic ... Improved in performances throughout the 2011 season in which he competed in six meets and scored for the Tritons in the last three meets of the season ... Turned in a 67th-place finish at the Runners Soul Erik Anderson Invitational, crossing the line at 26:18.867 ... Factored into score as Tritons' fourth finisher in Triton Classic Invitational (33:28.5, 9th) ... Punched ticket to postseason with 21st-place finish at CCAA Championships (26:47.6) ... Capped off the UCSD team score at the NCAA Division II West Regional Championships, placing 70th overall (33:46).

Ran in six events during his rookie campaign with the Tritons ... Finished 15th overall in UCSD's season opener with a time of 23:15.1 ... Best finish came at the SDSU Aztec Invitational when he clocked in at 28:11.1 for third place overall in the open run ... Was a scorer for the Tritons at the Bronco Preview Meet after finishing seventh overall with a time of 26:14.2.

A 2010 graduate of Washington High School in Fremont ... Led his squad to three straight MVAL Championships and to second place North Coast Section finish in 2008 ... Posted a cross country personal best of 15:55 in the 5k at Woodward Park ... Also competed in track and field at WHS, recording times of 2:02 in the 800, 4:26 in the 1600, and 9:30 in the 3200.

Born Jan. 7, 1992 in Boston, Mass. ... Parents are David and Lucinda Rich ... Has a twin brother named Will and two younger brothers named Alex and Dennis ... Biochemistry and cell biology major at Marshall College ... Has plans to go to medical school after graduating from UCSD ... Leading his high school team to the CIF D-II Championships as a junior is his top sporting moment ... Hobbies include wakeboarding and snowboarding ... Is a San Jose Earthquakes fan ... Chris Wondolowski is his favorite athlete ... Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is his top movie ... Listens to Daft Punk ... Loves spaghetti ... Looks up to his coaches from running, soccer and baseball.

Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fremont, CA
High School: Washington HS
College: Marshall
Major: Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Experience: 3 Letters
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