Samantha Kearney
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
San Leandro, Calif.

High School:
Arroyo HS '08

Height:
5-8

Position:
Distances

Major:
Exercise Biology

2011: NCAA West Prelim qualifier in 3,000 steeplechase, placing 19th with PR 10:22.69... Moved up on notch to No. 3 on school's all-time top 10 list... Finished 5th in 10K (10:50.58), 13th in 1,500 (4:46.26) at Big West Conference Championships... Had two meet wins: 10K at SFSU Distance Carnival (10:44.81), 1,500 at Brutus Hamilton (4:34.03)... Team's only indoor distance runner, running 3K of 10:27.70 at UW Invite... Earned Big West All-Academic honors. 2010: Placed 7th in steeplechase at Big West Conference Championships, crossing in 11:01.19... Moved up to 4th on UC Davis' all-time top 10... Previously went 11:08.23 at Brutus Hamilton Invite... Also made appearances in open 3K (10:16.01 at Stanford Opener) and 5K (18:12.80 at Johnny Mathis Invitational)... Selected to Big West All-Academic team.

2009: Ran steeplechase three times, including 11:27.0 hand time at Causeway Dual... Conversion of 11:27.24 ranks 8th in school history.

CROSS COUNTRY: Raced five times in 2011 including 40th at Big West Conference Championships... Also took 15th at Hornet Jamboree... Appeared in five meets in 2009, four in 2010, including Big West Conference and NCAA West Region meets each year... Team's top finisher at Bronco Invite, placing 35th overall... Earned Big West Conference All-Academic honors... Competed in three meets in 2008... Crossed as Aggies' No. 3 runner (19th overall) at Doc Adams Invite.

ARROYO HS '08: Lettered in cross country, track & field and soccer... Earned first-team All-Hayward Area Athletic League cross country honors as a junior and senior.... Finished 3rd at both HAAL and North Coast Section meets as a senior, qualifying for CIF state meet... Placed 2nd in 3,200 at NCS Bayshore Area meet in track season, earning trip to NCS Meet of Champions... Earned first-team All-HAAL honors as a soccer midfielder in 2006... Attended Moreau Catholic HS as a freshman before switching to Arroyo.

PERSONAL: Born in Redwood City, Calif.... Majoring in exercise biology... Parents are Lisa Benson and Richard Kearney... Career highlights were qualifying for CIF cross country championship and finishing 2nd in the 3,200 at the NCS Bayshore meet.