Franklin resident Benjamin inducted in LIU Hall of Fame
Lamont Dwayne Benjamin, a native and resident of Franklin, recently received the prestigious honor of being inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at Long Island University (LIU) in New York for his exploits in the arena of collegiate track and field competition.
A 1993 graduate of Franklin Senior High School, Benjamin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1999 and a Master of Science degree in Education in 2004, both from LIU. During the course of his undergraduate studies, he became one of LIU’s most decorated athletes. A seven-time Northeast Conference champion, Benjamin captured the 100- and 200-meter dash outdoor crowns in 1996 and 1998, and was a three-time 55-meter dash champion from 1996-1998. As LIU’s first male athlete to qualify for the NCAA tournament, Benjamin’s conference and school records for the 55-meter dash stand to this day. Following completion of his Bachelor’s degree in 1999, Benjamin joined the coaching staff of LIU men’s and women’s track and field teams, nicknamed the “Blackbirds,” and served as an assistant coach for several years.
Benjamin’s induction into LIU’s Athletics Hall of Fame was announced during an official ceremony among multitudes at the Schwartz Athletic Center on February 5, 2011. In addition to senior university officials and six other 2011 Hall of Fame Inductees, Lamont’s father, daughters, and numerous relatives were present at the ceremony to witness Lamont receive this special honor. Lamont’s induction into the Athletics Hall of Fame will be commemorated with a gold-sculpted plaque of Lamont on the walls of the LIU Athletics Hall of Fame showcase. During the induction ceremony, Lamont received a replica of this plaque that includes the following inscription:
Track and Field 1995-1998
• Graduated as the LIU record Holder in Five Events, including the 200m Indoors and Outdoors, the 100m Outdoors, the 55m Indoors and the 4x100m Outdoors
• Claimed Seven Individual Conference Titles
• Captured Three Straight Conference 55m Crowns
• Closed his career with wins at 100 and 200 meters at the 1998 NEC Outdoor Championships
• The 1998 IC4A Outdoor 55m Champion
As a 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee, for his illustrious achievements, Lamont was also presented with the distinguished LIU Hall of Fame jacket.
Lamont Benjamin is the son of Mr. Henry Benjamin Jr. and Ms. Gloria Dixon Benjamin; paternal grandson of Mr. Henry Benjamin Sr. and the late Mrs. Peggy A. Benjamin; maternal grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sr. “Diddy” and Lucille Dixon. He is the proud father of three daughters Kayla, Aleeyah and Patricia Benjamin.
Benjamin is a former student and mentee of the late Coach Albert Perry, who made a positive impact in his life and was instrumental in establishing a foundation for Lamont’s success in track and field competition at the collegiate level.