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    Shujaa Benson
    Shujaa Benson
    Class:
    Freshman

    Hometown:
    Arusha, Tanzania

    High School:
    Loyola Academy (Winnetka, Ill.)

    Event:
    Hurdles / Jumps

    I/O Eligibility:
    FR/FR

    2011 Track and Field
    Outdoor: Participated in long jump for Illinois...Placed first at Tom Botts Invitational with 23-5 ¼ (7.14m), giving him a personal-best...Placed seventh at Sea Ray Relays with 23-2 ½ (7.07m)

    High School
    Took third place in the 300m hurdles and fifth in the 110m hurdles at the 2010 Illinois Class 3A state meet ... Owns personal-best marks of 38.13 in the 300m hurdles, 14.20 in the 110m hurdles and 22-6 in the long jump ... Was an all-state selection in 2010.

    Personal
    Full name is Shujaa Sundiata Benson ... Born July 26, 1990 ... Mother is Jane Maipa ... Has six siblings ... Favorite athlete Muhammad Ali ... Most influential person is his mother "because I run for her, she's the reason I can do what I love" ... One day hopes to become a professional runner ... Enrolled in the general curriculum.

    Benson's Personal Bests

    Track
    Outdoor
    Long Jump: 23-5 ¼ (7.14m) - Tom Botts Invitational (4/9/11)

    Track
    Indoor
    60m: 7.10 - Illini Open (1/15/11)
    60m Hurdles: 8.16 - Illini Classic (1/22/11)
    Long Jump: 24-1 (7.34m) - Tyson Invitational (2/11/11)

    Updated October 2011

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