Ben DeLand
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pleasanton, Calif.

High School:
Amador Valley HS '05

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 135

Position:
Distance

Major:
Economics

2009: Redshirted.

2008: Finished 11th in 5,000 (15:49.09) at Big West Conference meet... Ran 5K on four other occasions, including season-best 14:48.93 at Chico Twilight... Also appeared in 1,500 (4:05.49) and 3,000 (8:38.13) in one meet each.

2007: Raced in 3,000 and 5,000 in two meets each... Best 5K was 15:12.03 at Woody Wilson Open... Also competed at Div. I Independent Championships, finishing 26th... Both 3K appearances were in duals, including season-best 8:52.33 vs. Sac State. 2006: Competed in 3,000 three times, including both duals... Ran season-best 8:54.08 to finish 3rd in Bulldog Dual... Also made in 5K appearance, going 15:40.52 in Woody Wilson Classic.

CROSS COUNTRY: Raced four times in each of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, including Big West Conference championship in 2007 (43rd) and 2009 (39th)... Placed 6th at Aggie Open to launch 2008 season... Competed in five meets as a redshirt freshman in 2006... Best finish was 35th at Aggie Open.

AMADOR VALLEY HS '05: Captured East Bay Athletic League 3,200 title as a senior... Went on to place 5th at Tri-Valley area meet (9:57.52) then 12th at North Coast Sections (9:52.97)... Captured 5th place at CIF-NCS cross country championships... Advanced to state championship, where he placed 71st.

PERSONAL: Born in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.... Majoring in economics... Parents are Phil & Cynthia DeLand.