39th Annual Dan Benson Invitational

Friday, April 26, 2019.at Wauwatosa West HS. 2019 Results.

Coach Dan Benson
February 5, 1926 ~ February 15, 2019

Above: The family of Dan Benson at the ceremony dedicating the plaque honoring Coach Dan Benson. Benson [Shown below right at the 2018 Dan Benson Invitational] had been a fixture in Wauwatosa and Wauwatosa West athletics for over 50 years. Coach Benson died on February 15th of this year. As head coach at Wauwatosa West from 1961-1987, he established the Trojan Athletic Club Track Invitational which evolved into the Dan Benson Invitational after he retired. The meet will now be named the Memorial Dan Benson Track and Field Invite. Large photo of the plaque honoring Dan Benson.

This years meet is the 39th annual Dan Benson Invitational. Dan assisted in football and track at Wauwatosa High School and went to Wauwatosa West when it opened in 1961. Benson still attended track meets at West after he retired and the photo on the right was taken at last years Dan Benson Invitational. At that meet Benson related that in 1961 all Tosa West had was a field to hold track meets. Now the West facility has an artificial soccer/football field surrounded by an all weather track in school colors.

Coach Benson's son Dan

"I have fought the good fight.
I have finished the race. I have kept faith.

Coach Dan Benson at the 2018 Meet

Beaver Dam, Menomonee Falls, West Allis Central, Brown Deer, Divine Savior Holy Angels, Milwaukee King, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, and host Wauwatosa West competed in the 39th annual Dan Benson Invitational. Milwaukee King edged Homestead 128-126 for the team title followed by Menomonee Falls, Wauwatosa West, and Whitefish Bay.
SUPER-Sonic 100m Finals

With 5 out of the fastest nine sprinters in the state ready to excel all eyes turned to the start of the 100m dash finals. The winner had qualified fifth and almost escaped everyones gaze except the timing camera at the finish line. Wauwatosa West's Ja'Cey Simmons not only won an exciting race but established a new Dan Benson 100m record. Her blazing time of 11.93 bested Amari Browns record of 12.17 set at the 2018 Dan Benson Meet. In the finals above L-R: Kiley Robbins [DSHA, 4th, 12.12], Amari Brown [Milwaukee king, 2nd in 11.94], Makayla Jackson [Milwaukee King, 3rd in 12.11] and the winner Ja'Cey Simmons. Large photo of the 100m finals.

Ja'Cey Simmons

Amari Brown-200m dash winner in 24.68
which broke her record of 24.72 set in 2018

Makayla Jackson

Kiley Robbins

Rosie Cramer [Milwaukee King, 5th]

Kenya Gaston [Shorewood, 6th]

Susanna Evans [Whitefish Bay, 7th]

Jacey Gray-Hall [Shorewood, 8th]

Ja'Cey Simmons

Milwaukee King's Akili Please-Carnie [above right] won both hurdle events [16.05, 48.93]. She is shown above in the finals. Hurdlers L-R: Mara Chisholm [Menomonee Falls, 5th], Karly Kortbein [Wauwatosa West, 6th], Ellie Olson [Whitefish Bay, 4th], and Pleas-Carnie.

Hazel Pate [DSHA, 2nd]

Bryn Hartnett [Whitefish Bay, 3rd]

Grace Olson [Menomonee Falls, 7th] and
Ellie Olson [Whitefish Bay, 4th-in the prelims]


Start of the 1600m Run
Runners L-R: Mackenzie Frazier [Wauwautosa West], Izzy Colvin [#12, Shorewood], Ava Reinhoffer [#16, Shorewood], Margaret Fassbender [Wauwatosa West],
Mackenzie Rose [DSHA], Zoe Elko [Milwaukee King], Emily Kolb [#10, Brown Deer], Rachel Krouse [Wauwatosa West],
Maragret Froh [Milwaukee King], Natalie Yang [#2, Homestead], and Leane Willemse [#1, Homestead]

Homestead's Natalie Yang, 1st, 5:23.68] and Leane Willemse [2nd]. Willemse won the 3200 in 11:37.29.

Abbie Ravanelli [Homestead, 3rd]

Margaret Froh [Milwaukee King, 5th]
and Alexa Bartschat [Whitefish Bay, 4th]

4x200m Relay Winners: Milwaukee King [1:45.46]. King also won the 4x1, and 4x4 in 51.90 and 4:10.74.
Runners above L-R: Amaliyah Taylor, Rosie Cramer, Camarii Tellis, and anchor Makayla Jackson.

Amaliyah Taylor

Rosie Cramer handing off to Camarii Tellis

Anchor Makayla Jackson

Menomonee Falls won the 4x800m relay in 10:08.99
Runners above L-R: Eileen Tocco, Emma Schoenauer, Kylee Wunschel, and anchor Olivia Robinson.
Start of the 4x800m Relay Race

4x8 Relay

Emma Schoenauer hands off to Kylee Wunschel

4x8 Relay showing Shorewood's Annika Elliot

4x8 Relay

4x8 Relay

Menomonee Falls 4x8 anchor Olivia Robinson


LJ winner Makayla Jackson [Milwaukee King, 17' 10.50]

Makayla Jackson

Camarii Tellis [Milwaukee King, 2nd, 17' 07.50]

Madison Williams [West Allis Central, 4th]

Alexis Hunter [Menomonee Falls, 5th]

Lauren Nemetz [Wauwatosa West, 6th]

Maddie Born [Beaver Dam, 9th]

HJ Winner Ally Rilling [Homestead, 5' 02]
Photo from the LJ event

TJ winner Ameerah McClain [Brown Deer, 35' 01]
Photo from the TJ at the 2018 WIAA State Meet

Skylar Kennedy [Menomonee Falls, 3rd in LJ]


Skylar Kennedy [Menomonee Falls, 1st, PV, 10' 00]
Photo from the LJ event


Sarah Kirchner [Whitefish Bay, 2nd]

Eliana Schmit [Menomonee Falls, 3rd]

Hannah Goldblatt [Whitefish Bay, 4th]