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Josefa Benzoni

Josefa Benzoni


At Rochester:

  • Won NCAA Division III National Championships three times-in the indoor 1,500 meters twice (junior and senior year) and in the 3,000 meters indoors (senior year)
  • Earned nine individual All-America honors-two in cross country (1988, 1989); seven for track and field
  • Set an NCAA Division III record in the 1,500 when she won the title in 1987-88
  • Led team to a second place finish nationally in 1989, the best in school history
  • Won the University's Merle Spurrier Award in 1987-88
  • Named Rochester Press-Radio Club's College Sportswoman of the Year in 1989


  • Completed on year of her MAT, then went to Togo, West Africa with the Peace Corps.
  • Stayed there from September, 1989 to December, 1991 and spent three months travelling in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Lesotho
  • Returned to the United States and completed her MAT at Rochester in Spring, 1992
  • Assisted with the men's and women's track teams at Colgate for two years