of Personal Best,
Bronze Shines on Allison Benson
By Frank Rizzo
BINGHAMTON August 4, 2000 Waking up early
to make the 8 a.m. Empire State games womens open
pole vault competition was no big deal for
Wurtsboros Allison Benson.
She was, after all, used to early practices at Monticello
HS over the summer.
They left the mats on, Benson, a recent
Monticello grad explained.
With the continual assistance of coach Warren
Buddy Goldsmith of Monticello, Benson raised
her personal best in the difficult event from 9-0 at the
beginning of the spring season to 10-6 at the ESG trials
This past Saturday Benson earned a bronze medal by
clearing 3.04 meters (9-113¦4), placing behind champ
Kate Mullins of Binghamton (3.69m/12-11¦4) and Deven
Fister of Poughkeepsie (3.19m/10-51¦2).
It was a lot of fun, a good learning
experience, Benson said of her first ESG.
Id like to do it again next year.
Benson knew little about her competition. Mullins, the
gold medalist, attends SUNY-Binghamton (She has a
home-field advantage, one field official cracked)
and her best height coming in was 12-0.
I was happy and excited [after the
competition], Benson said. I would have liked
to clear 10-6, but I think its just a matter of
Benson ranked fourth academically at Monticello HS this
past year, and won the Mayors Trophy as the best
athlete in her class. She received an academic
scholarship to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in
Troy this fall.
Benson has been in touch with the track coach at RPI and
will continue to compete in the pole vault there.