PRs: 800m - 1:59.99 (2005)
Born: January 13, 1981 in Dayton, Ohio
Current Residence: Knoxville, Tenn.
High School: Meadowdale HS (Dayton, Ohio) 99
College: Tennessee 04
Coach: J.J. Clark
Agent: John Nubani
Career Highlights: 2005 USA Outdoor silver medalist; 3rd at 2005 USA Indoors; 4th at Olympic Trials; 2004 NCAA Outdoor runner-up
A protge of University of Tennessee coach J.J. Clark,
Bennett is a young talent that looks to impact the U.S. 800m scene for years to
come. With training partners that include five-time Olympian Jearl Clark and
two-time Olympian Hazel Clark, Bennett is in good company in Knoxvilleat the
2005 World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Bennett got off to a good start
but fell halfway through the first lap in the womens 800m semifinals. She
claimed that she was clipped from behind causing her to fall. After the race
Team USA filed a protest on her behalf claiming obstruction, but the protest was
Tennessee, she earned All-America honors in the 800 and was instrumental in
returning the Lady Vols 4x400m relay back into the national spotlight. Bennett
was also an accomplished high school athlete in her home state of Ohio, and was
ranked second in the national among prepsters as a junior by Track & Field News
in 1998. In that year, Bennett won the U.S. junior title and was third at
National Scholastics has a son, Darius Elijah, who was born April 5, 2003
2005: 2nd at USA Outdoor Championships (2:00.59)World Outdoor Championships (dnf)4th at Reebok Grand Prix (1:59.99PR)7th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (2:09.49)3rd at USA Indoors (2:02.77i)ranked #2 in the U.S. by T&FNbest of 1:59.99.
2004: 4th at Olympic Trials (2:01.57)ran 2:00.37 in semifinals at Olympic TrialsNCAA outdoor runner-up (2:03.11), ran 2nd leg on 3rd-place 4x400m relay (3:28.49)15th at NCAA indoor (2:12.63), anchored 4th-place 4x400m (3:31.49)2nd at Tyson Invitational (2:08.36i)ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 2:00.37.
2003: Ran 2nd leg on 4th-place 4x400m relay at NCAA Outdoors (3:31.49)ran 3rd leg on 6th-place 4x400 team at NCAA indoors (3:36.75)..Redshirted.
2002: 1st in 400m at Kentucky Invitational (57.48i)4th in 800m at SEC Eastern Division Challenge (2:09.97i)2nd at Georgia Tech Invitational (2:04.10)3rd at Gatorade Classic (2:08.28)4th at Sea Ray Relays (2:06.62)9th at SEC Championships (2:19.50)best of 2:04.10.
2001: 7th in semis at NCAA indoors (2:20.49)...6th at SEC Outdoor Championships (2:08.54)1st at the Yellow Jacket Invitational (2:09.83) 10th at the Mt. SAC Relays (2:09.46)8th at the Cannon IV Classic (2:12.28)3rd leg of distance medley relay 3rd place at SEC Indoor Championships (11:53.68i)best of 2:08.54.
2000: 2nd at SEC Quad (2:17.94)4th at Virginia Tech Classic (2:19.77)5th at Arizona State/USTCA Invitational (2:10.64).