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Bennett Mercil
Position: Multiple Events
Year: Junior
Hometown: Dilworth, Minn.
High School: Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School

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2012-13
Competed in the heptathlon for Jackrabbits during the indoor season ... posted an indoor season-best 4,627 points to finish fifth in the heptathlon at The Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships (2/24) ... ran an indoor season-best time of 7.47 in the 60-meter dash and indoor season-best pole vault (13’ 9.25) at the Jack Johnson Classic (1/18) ... at The Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships, Mercil posted indoor season-bests performances in the 1,000-meter (2:52.98), 60-meter hurdles (8.66), long jump (20’ 2.25”) (5/9) ... posted an indoor season-best height in the high jump (5’ 8.00”) at the Thundering Herd Classic (2/1) ... at the MSU Preseason Open, Mercil recorded an indoor season-best distance of 38’ 10.50” in the shot put (12/8) ... at The Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Mercil recorded an outdoor season-bests in the 100-meter dash (11.85), 400-meter dash (53.57), 1,500-meter run (5:03.04), 110-meter hurdles (17.19), high jump (5’ 5.75”), pole vault (13’ 3.50”), long jump (20’ 9.75”), shot put (38’ 11.75”), discus (82’ 10.00”), javelin (122’ 9.00”) and decathlon (5,673 points) (5/9)

2011-12

Finished the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.16 seconds at the Bill Hillenbrand (2/2) ... posted a height of 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump at the Bison Open (2/10) ... at the MSU Preseason Open, Mercil completed a distance of 20 feet, 7.75 inches in the long jump competition (12/3) ... finished the 1000 meters in 3:01.62 at the Jack Johnson Classic (1/20) ... completed the 60 meter hurdles in 7.60 seconds at the Jack Johnson Classic (1/20) ... best indoor season pole vault came at the Bill Hillenbrand Invite with a height of 14 feet, 1.25 inches (2/2) ... recorded a indoor shot put of 35 feet, 5.75 inches at the Bison Open (2/10) ... earnded a mark of 4,105 in the heptathlon at the Bison Open (2/10) ... recorded a distance of 19 feet, 2.50 inches in the long jump at the Dakota Duals (4/6) ... named to The Summit League Academic Honor Roll

Before SDSU

Varsity team member in track (six years) and captain (three years) ... Football (four years) and captain ... Wrestling (three years) ... School record in Pole Vault (13'9") ... Most Valuable Athlete (2010, 2011) ... Conference champion in Pole Vault (2009, 2010, 2011) ... Triple Jump champion (2010, 2011) ... All-Conference in Long Jump (2010, 2011) ... Section champion in Pole Vault (2010, 2011) ... All-Conference and All-Section (2009, 2010, 2011) ... State participant in Pole Vault (2010) ... Placed sixth at state in Pole Vault (2011) ... True Team section champions (2011) ... DGF Outstanding Athlete (2010, 2011) ... Football All-Conference (2010, 2011) ... Outstanding Back ... Mr. Offense ... Hardest Worker ... Second highest single-season rushing total in school history ... All-Section (2011) ... Highest single-season rushing total in section with 1,228 yards (2011) ... Section runners-up (2010, 2011)