Samantha Kearney
San Leandro, Calif.

High School:
Arroyo HS '08


Undergraduate Student Assistant Coach

Exercise Biology

2009: Competed in five meets, including Big West Conference Championships and NCAA Regionals... Finished 49th at conference meet... Clocked in with a time of 19:28.70 to open the season with a 20th-place finish at the USF Invitational... Finished 13th overall at the Hornet Jamboree Sept. 12 with a time of 18:17.

TRACK & FIELD: Turned in season-best time of 10:37.62 in 3,000 steeplechase to finish 35th at NCAA West Prelim (5/27) and was 5th in the event at Big West Conference meet (10:50.58)...Also competed in 3,000 and 1,500... Made spring debut in 2010, mostly in steeplechase... Placed 7th at Big West Conference meet with season-best 11:01.19... Made Academic All-Conference squad.

2008: Appeared in four meets, finishing among Aggie scorers in all three team events... Crossed as team's No. 2 runner at Doc Adams Open (19th overall) and Santa Clara Bronco Invitational (95th).

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... Youngest of four siblings... Oldest sibling, Michael, is 20 years her elder... Lists her mother as her non-sports hero and Michael Jordan as her sports hero... Participated in ballet and gymnastics as a child... Career highlights were qualifying for CIF cross country championships and finishing 2nd in the 3,200 at the NCS Bayshore meet.