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Benoit heads to Oakland University where she will join its track program



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May 09, 2007
ALMONT — Lindsay Benoit, of Almont, signed a national letter of intent to become a part of the Oakland University women's track team recently.

In addition to Oakland University, Benoit was recruited by Albion College, Adrian College, Hillsdale College, Siena Heights College, Northwood University, Manchester College and Detroit-Mercy.

Benoit let it be known from the start of her stint on Almont's squad that she would be a force to be reckoned with immediately.

As a freshman, Benoit posted a season-best long jump effort of 14 feet 9 inches en route to a three-way tie for third at the North Branch High School-based Lapeer County Meet.

She also combined with Ryan Moss, Dan Bacholzky and Shasta Mikolowski for a long jump relay win at the Almont Coed Relays; joined forces with Mikolowski and Ashley Bly for a long jump relay second at The Tri-City Times Capac Relays; collected a third outright at the Brown City Invitational and at the Capac High School-based Blue Water Area Conference League Meet; teamed up with Melissa Leemhuis for a long jump relay fourth at the Lake Fenton Relays; plus tacked on a sixth at the East China Stadium-based McDonald's Meet of Champions.

Those numbers enabled Benoit to earn Tri-City Times All-Area first team honors at season's end.

Benoit also was a part of Almont's 400, 800 and 3200 relays which attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status and their 1600 relay which garnered Tri-City Times All-Area honorable mention plaudits.

The following year Benoit also excelled.

It was there Benoit went 15 feet 9 1/4 inches for first at the Blue Water Area Conference League Meet hosted by Cros-Lex High School.

She also logged a first at the Deckerville Invitational; teamed up with Chelsea Bijansky, Dave Daniel and Jake Barocio for a long jump relay third at the Almont Coed Relays; combined with Chelsea Bijansky for a long jump relay third at the Lake Fenton Relays; supplied a fourth at the Brown City Invitational; joined forces with Melissa Wyckstandt and Chelsea Bijansky for a long jump relay fifth at The Tri-City Times Capac Relays; plus provided a sixth at the Hatchet Invitational in Bad Axe.

Benoit also earned the right to compete in the event at the Port Huron Northern High School-based McDonald's Meet of Champions.

She concluded the year as a Tri-City Times All-Area first team selection for her long jumping prowess.

Benoit also ran a leg on Almont's 400 and 800 relays which drew Tri-City Times All-Area first team plaudits and landed Tri-City Times All-Area second team status for her skills as a 200-meter dash runner.

The following year Benoit continued to add to her impressive list of accomplishments.

It was there Benoit furnished a career-best leap of 16 feet 6 1/2 inches, paving the way to a first place at the Marysville High School-based McDonald's Meet of Champions.

She also took first at the Lapeer County Meet hosted by North Branch High School; joined forces with Chelsea Bijansky for a long jump relay first at the Lake Fenton Relays; teamed up with Nick Vassallo, Jake Barocio and Chelsea Bijansky for a number one showing at the Almont Coed Relays; claimed seconds at the Deckerville Invitational and Blue Water Area Conference League Meet hosted by Armada High Schol; joined forces with Sydney DeMeere and Chelsea Bijansky for a second at The Tri-City Times Capac Relays; plus contributed a sixth at an Almont High School-based Division 3 regional.

Benoit also qualified to compete in the event at the Division 3 state finals hosted by Comstock Park High School.

She wrapped up the year as a Tri-City Times All-Area first team choice.

Benoit earned Tri-City Times All-Area first team honors as a part of Almont's 400 and 800 relays plus was named to the Tri-City Times All-Area second team lineup for her prowess as a 200-meter dash competitor.

As a senior, Benoit has continued to make a name for herself in area track and field circles.

Benoit has proven especially successful in the long jump, her best event. There the Raider standout has teamed up with Chelsea Bijansky for a number one long jump relay showing at the Lake Fenton Relays; taken second by herself at the Brown City Invitational; plus tacked on a fourth with Chelsea Bijansky and Bridget Corkum at The Tri-City Times Capac Relays.

She has also competed in the 200 dash, plus has run on Almont's sprint relays this spring.

Look for Benoit to continue to succeed in the weeks ahead as the 2007 campaign heads to the finish-line.

Sports Editor
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