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PJ Benedictus
Position: Long/ Triple Jumps
Height: 6'3"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Renton, Washington
High School: Renton High

WSU CAREER. SOPHOMORE (2012-13): Indoor - Twice leaped to indoor PR long jump of 6.97m/22-10 1/2i at Bronco Invite (1/19/13, Nampa) and at Cougar Indoor…top triple jump was 14.35m/47-1i…Outdoor - Reached PRs in triple jump of 14.79m/48-6 1/4W at Cougar Invite (4/20/13, Pullman), of 14.64m/48-0 1/2w at Vandal Jamboree (5/4/13, Moscow) and a non-wind-aided leap of 14.28m/46-10 1/4 twice: at Stanford Invite (3/30/13) and at SCC WAR VI...wind-aided PR in long jump of 7.08m/23-2 3/4w at Cougar Invite.

FRESHMAN (2011-12): Indoor - Best jumps of season came at Cherry and Silver Invite (1/21/12, Albuquerque)…long jump was 6.90m/22-7 3/4i and triple jump was 14.04m/46-0 1/2i…Outdoor - Best leaps of season came at WSU-UW Dual Meet (4/28/12, Pullman)…long jumped 6.99m/22-11 1/4…triple jumped 13.95m/45-9 1/4w…best non-winded triple jump was 13.29m/43-7 1/4 at UCLA-Tennessee-WSU Duals (3/31/12, Los Angeles).

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. Earned eight varsity letters at Renton High School…four in football as a wide receiver/cornerback for coach Donald Ponds…four letters as a sprinter/jumper for coach Lance Winnill’s track team…helped lead Indians to undefeated season in Seamount League…placed second at state as a team…individually went to state in long jump and 4x400m relay…as a junior went to state in the 4x400m relay and the triple jump…won state in triple jump with a leap of 49-0...member of the Flying AJ’s track club under coach Nate Wilford…placed 17th in the triple jump (44-7) at USA Track and Field Junior Olympics.

PERSONAL: Born in March 1993, in Tucson…father Edward works in the Department of Homeland Security…mother Carol works as a bookkeeper…older sister Breann…pursuing a degree in human development at WSU.
BENEDICTUS’ WSU BESTS
60m - 7.45i (2012)
Long Jump - 7.08m / 23-2 3/4w (2013); 6.99m / 22-11 1/4 (2012)
Triple Jump - 14.79m / 48-6 1/4W (2013); 14.64m / 48-0 12 w (2013); 14.28m / 46-10 1/4 (2013)