Naje Benton
Naje  Benton


Philadelphia, PA

High School:
Franklin Towne C.H.S.



MEAC Indoor Championships Day One

The UMES men's team sits in first place after day one of the 2016 MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.


UMES competes in Day Two of MEAC ITF Champs

UMES men hold 2nd place & the women rose to 4th during Day 2 of the MEAC Championships. (photos by Megan Raymond).


Men's Track Meet at Navy

The Hawks competed in the Wesley A. Brown Invitational in Annapolis on January 30th.

2015 Indoor Season: Competed in the long jump and triple jump this winter ... had a high of 7.04 meters at the MEAC Championships in the long jump, finishing ninth at the MEAC Championships ... took home a win in the Coach O in the triple jump, jumping for a distance of 14.71 meters, and brought home another after the Navy Invite with a distance of 14.02 meters.

2015 Outdoor Season: Won the long jump at the Mason Invitational with a distance of 7.11 meters ... competed at the MEAC Championship in the long jump, ultimately finishing in 19th place ... earned a sixth place finish at the Morgan Legacy with a distance of 14.04 meters in the triple jump.

born on Sept. 11, 1994...son of Crystal Lightford and James Harrold...has three sisters and a brother...exercise science major at UMES...played basketball and AAU track while in high school, qualifiying for the AAU nationals in long jump...was a top 5 jumper in the state of Pennsylvania...qualified for Junior Olympics via the Mt. Airy Track Club...pre game routine includes listening to music and saying a prayer...lists his mom as his biggest influence because she wants nothing but the best and always help with problems...wants to become an athletic trainer and possible Olympic athlete after graduation...favorite saying is "God gives his best battles to his strongest warriors"...plays XBox 360, basketballand reads Sports Illustrated in his spare time...hopes to becomes a NCAA and MEAC Champion while in college.

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