Ben  Parodi

Pacifica, Calif.

High School:
Junipero Serra HS '11

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 250


Viticulture & Enology

2012: Finished 9th at Big West Conference Championships in shot with season-best 15.66m (51-4.5)... Broke 50-foot barrier on four occasions, starting with 50-6 at Hornet Invite... Also competed in discus (42.72m, 140-2) and hammer (39.22m, 138-0) three times each.

JUNIPERO SERRA HS '11: Three-time West Catholic Athletic League champion in shot put... Placed 4th at 2011 Central Coast Section with 12-pound implement after finishing 7th with 10-pounder as a junior... Twice selected as team's Most Valuable Field Athlete, then capped career as team MVP as a senior.

PERSONAL: Born in Pacifica, Calif.... Majoring in viticulture & enology, having chosen UC Davis for its reputation in that field... Parents are Ben & Laurie Parodi... Ben, Sr. played football at San Francisco State... Proudest personal accomplishment was winning Serra High's Shea Award as the outstanding senior male athlete.