UCSD Track & Field BIO
 Ben Rich

CCAA All-Academic.

CCAA All-Academic ... Competed in the 1,500, the 3,000 and the 5,000 ... Placed as high as seventh in the 5,000 at the UCSD Triton Invitational, where he clocked in at 15 minutes, 43.51 seconds ... Turned in a personal-best time of 15:14.41 in the 5,000 at the Occidental Distance Carnival to finish in 20th place overall ... Finished in fifth place after running the 1,500 in 4:10.54 at the San Diego Collegiate Challenge ... Set a personal best in the 3,000 at the All-Cal Challenge, where he came in seventh place upon crossing the finish line in 8:45.72 ... Opened the season with a second-place showing in the 3,000 at the meet against Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (8:48.42).

Finished the 5,000 with a final time of 15:42.56 at the Cal-Nevada Championships to take 17th place ... Concluded the 1,500 at the Mangrum Invitational with a 32nd-place result and a time of 4:13.56 ... Also competed in the 3,000 during the Rossi Relays with a final time of 9:28.46 to finish in 31st place overall.

A 2010 graduate of Washington High School in Fremont ... Was league champion in the 1,600, 3,200 and was second in the 800 as a junior (2009) ... Repeated as league champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 as a senior (2010) ... Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) Champion in the mile and two mile for back-to-back years (2009-10) ... His personal-record time of 9:30.30 in the 3,200 was the sixth best in the North Coast Section (NCS) during his senior year (2010) ... Has personal bests of 2:02 in the 800 and 4:26 in the 1,600 ... Also ran cross country and played soccer for the Huskies ... MVAL individual champion in cross country as a junior (2008) ... Made First Team All-League for cross country all four years at WHS (2006-09) ... Qualified for the CIF State Meet for three straight years (2007-09) ... Huskies were MVAL Champions for his first three years in cross country (2006-08) ... Team was runner-up in the NCS and finished 18th at the CIF State Cross Country Championships, where he ran a personal-best time of 15:55 to finish 34th overall in the 5,000 Division II event during his junior year (2008).

Born on Jan. 7, 1992 in Boston, Mass. ... Son of David and Lucinda Rich ... Has a twin brother named Will and two younger brothers named Alex and Dennis ... Is a biochemistry and cellular biology major at Marshall College ... Plans to practice medicine after graduating from UCSD ... Competing at the conference championships in 2011 with his entire family there to support him is his most memorable moment in sports ... Going up with the cross country team to train in Mammoth is his favorite UCSD moment ... Hobbies include wakeboarding and snow skiing ... Pulls for the San Jose Earthquakes ... Favorite athlete is Chris Wondolowski ... Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is his favorite movie ... Childish Gambino is at the top of his playlist at the moment ... Apples are the one food he would eat for the rest of his life if given the chance ... Looks up to his coaches from running, soccer and baseball.

Position: Distance
Year: Junior
City/State: Fremont, CA
High School: Washington HS
College: Marshall
Major: Biochemistry and Cellular Biology
Experience: 2 Letters
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