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Ben Koss
Ben Koss

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Olympia, Wash.

High School:
Capital

Event:
Distances

Birthdate:
06/20/1980

Experience:
2V

2002 (Cross-Country): An honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 pick ... Washington’s top runner at the NCAA West Regional, contested over his preferred 10000m distance ... ran a career-best 31:26 at the Regional to place 23rd overall ... was UW’s No. 2 runner in the season-opening Emerald City Invitational, placing third overall in 26:05 ... set 8K PR of 24:52 in a 22nd-place finish at the Sundodger Invitational ... helped team to wins at each of season’s first two competitions.

2001-02: Was Washington’s only 10000m competitor in 2002 ... competed in both the 5000m and 10000m races at the Pac-10 Championships ... placed 12th at the conference meet in the 10000m, finishing in 31:58.24 ... was the Pac-10’s 24th overall finisher at 5000m, in 14:31.83 ... earned five top-10 finishes in seven regular-season races ... best finish was third in the 5000m at the WSU Dual ... also competed once each at 1500m and 3000m ... indoors, notched the seventh-best 5000m mark in school history with a time of 14:44.26 at the UW Indoor Qualifier ... also competed at 3000m, with a top time of 8:34.21 at the UW Invite ... ran in Huskies top-seven at first two cross-country meets of the season ... placed fourth overall in team victory at the Emerald City Invitational, finishing in 26:11 ... was 19th the following week at the Sundodger Invitational in 25:05.

2000-2001: Ran in five meets during the outdoor track season, competing in the 5000m, steeplechase and 1500m … best 5000m time (15:18.49) came at the season-opening Washington Preview … lone steeplechase mark of the season (9:56.95) came at the Washington State Dual, and ranked fifth on the UW squad … registered a 4:04.71 in the 1500m at the Ken Foreman Invitational in Seattle to end the track season … competed in only one meet during the indoor season … clocked a 8:55.36 in the 3000m at the McDonald’s II Open meet ... competed in the first four meets of the season and the West Regional meet ... recorded highest finish of the season, seventh place, at the Emerald City Invitational ... placed 36th at the Sundodger Invitational, 39th at the Big Cross Invitational, 66th at the Michigan Interregional and 90th at the West Regional ... was among the Huskies’ top eight in every race he ran.

1999-2000: Concentrated on the long distances during the track season ... posted the team’s third-best 10000m time (31:24.33) on March 4 in the season-opening Washington Preview meet ... also competed in the 5000m, ranking No. 5 among Husky runners with a best time of 15:02.03 at the Washington Quad. ... redshirted the cross country season.

High School and Personal: Born June 20, 1980 in Olympia ... parents are Susan and Bill ... father ran cross country and track at Washington from 1969-73 and participated at the Olympic Trials in the steeplechase ... has a younger brother, Reid ... lettered all four years under coach Jerry Miller at Capital High School ... named team captain his junior and senior seasons ... won the league and district cross country championships both of his last two years ... finished third at the state cross country meet his junior season followed by a fifth-place finish the next year ... helped Capital High School to the league and district cross country championships all four years ... graduated with a 3.7 GPA.

UW Career Bests
1500m….... 4:04.71
Steeple....... 9:56.95
5000m....... 14:31.83
10000m....... 30:53.43
3000m (indoor)....... 8:34.21
5000m (indoor)....... 14:44.26
XC: 8000m….... 24:52
10000m……. 31:26

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