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Ben Diestel
Position: Distance
Height: 5'10"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Allendale, N.J.
High School: Northern Highlands Regional HS
Experience: 1 Letter

2009 INDOOR & OUTDOOR TRACK - Did not compete.

2008 CROSS COUNTRY - Did not compete.

2008 INDOOR & OUTDOOR TRACK - Did not compete.

2007 CROSS COUNTRY - Competed in final five events for Maryland... was either first or second on the team in four of those five events... Terps' top finisher with sixth-place overall at the George Mason Invitational (25:50.2 over 8K)... also got a top-10 placing with 25:43.9 to place seventh overall and second on the team as Maryland won the team title at the Leopard Invitational at Lafayette... second on the team and 29th overall at the ACC Championships at Virginia, going 25:06.7 over 8K... finished 30th individually and second for the Terps with 31:14 clocking on 10K course at NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional at Lehigh.

2007 OUTDOOR TRACK - Ran a season-best time of 4:05.37 in the 1,500 meters at the Disney World Invitational and placed 13th... had a time of 4:06.10 in the 1,500 at the Duke Asics Invitational... placed 19th at the Maryland Invitational with a time of 4:10.48... ran a 1:59.93 in the 800 meters at the Maryland Invitational and placed 32nd.

2007 INDOOR TRACK - Had the Terrapins' best time in the 5,000 meters at the Penn State National Invitational, where he finished 12th with a time of 15:05.20... finished 17th in the 800 meters at the Terrapin Invitational with a time of 2:02.01... ran a 4:20.18 in the mile on the banked track at the Virginia Tech Challenge to place 24th... placed 18th in the event at the Terrapin Invitational, running a 4:34.97... ran a 4:35.71 at the ACC Championships to place 29th... had a time of 8:40.65 in the 3,000 meters at the New Balance Collegiate and placed 37th... finished 26th in the event at the ACC Championships with a time of 8:46.65.

2006 CROSS COUNTRY - Finished first on the team and 10th overall in his first collegiate race at the Great Meadows Invitational... placed second on the team at the Chile Pepper Invitational (108th overall, 31:44.9), the ACC Championships (47th overall, 26:03.1), and the IC4A Championships (48th overall, 26:18.0)... finished third among Terrapins at both the Tribe Invitational (35th overall, 25:39.7) and the NCAA regional (78th overall, 32:46.8).

BEFORE MARYLAND - All-North Jersey in track and cross country at Northern Highlands Regional HS... all-county in 1600m and cross country ... state sectional champion in 1600m ... school won back-to-back sectional championships... top pre-collegiate marks were 4:18 in 1,600m and 15:39 in 5K cross country.

PERSONAL - Born in Paterson, N.J... Son of Erica and Peter Diestel... has two brothers, Tucker and Casey... enjoys music and drawing... lists Michael Jordan and Bernard Lagat as his favorite athlete ... lists biggest athletic thrill as running the DMR at the Penn Relays.


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