Kali Benavides
Kali Benavides
Height: 5-4
Year: So.
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
High School: Miami Killian
Major: Chemical Engineering

2012: Competed in five events as a sophomore … came 15th at the Keene State Alumni Invitational (9/01) in 12:16 … finished third in the sub-varsity 5k at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational (9/15) in 18:58 … placed 39th at the Purple Valley Classic (9/22) with a time of 23:35 … came fourth in the sub-varsity 8k race at NEICAAAs (10/07) in 18:20.17 … placed 12th with a time of 19:09.75 at NEWMACs (10/27) … NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference.

2011: Did not compete as a freshman.

Off the Cross Country Trail: Majoring in chemical engineering … also competes on the MIT indoor and outdoor track and field teams … completed a Florida International University Physics internship … was a Department of Energy Research Assistant at FIU’s Applied Research Center and was a research assistant in the Hatton Lab at MIT where she worked to sequester carbon dioxide.

High School: A 2011 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology … all-county … qualified for state championship meet for four consecutive years … captain … three-time cross country team MVP … school record holder in 5k … FACA cross country senior all-star … FACA third team all-state … National Merit commendation … National AP Scholar … AP Scholar with Distinction … National Hispanic Scholar … Miami Herald Scholar Athlete of the Year … Rensselaer Medal Award for Exemplary Performance in Math and Science … Wellesley Book Award for academic achievement … Miami-Dade Public Schools Scholar Athlete Award … Junior Orange Bowl Committee Scholarship recipient … valedictorian … secretary of Science Honor Society.

Personal: Daughter of Nicola and Daniel Benavides … father was a student-athlete at Florida State University.