Fran ten Bensel- Arapahoe
The winner of four straight Class C 800-meter races at the state track meet and twice the All-Class gold medalist, Fran (ten Bensel) Benne emerged from Arapahoe to become one of Nebraska’s all-time great runners. She added a gold and two silver medals in the 1,600 before the end of her high school career, then established herself at the University of Nebraska where she remains the Huskers’ only three-time cross country All-American and only Conference Champion. On the track, Fran was a five-time All-American, setting Husker records in the indoor 1,600 and 3,000 and the outdoor 3,000. She was a three-time Olympic Trials qualifier, finishing seventh in the 1,500 and 3,200 in 1992.