Mesa athletics off to a competitive start

November 24, 2014

Mesa Athletics GolfThe Benedictine University at Mesa Redhawks competed in their inaugural season for men’s and women’s golf and cross country this fall to great success.
Some Benedictine University at Mesa students wrote a new chapter in school history this fall by competing in intercollegiate men’s and women’s golf and cross country for the first time.

Both men’s golf and women’s cross country made their presence felt during their inaugural events.

Junior Ben Potter shared the individual title at the National Collegiate Club Golf Association’s Southwest Regional Meet in Sun Lakes, Ariz. The Phoenix native shot even par for the event with a two-round total 144.

Juniors Ryan Witte and Justin Hyden also turned in strong showings this fall, tying for fifth place at the Arizona Christian Firestorm Classic with two-round totals of 144.

“It is surreal to see the campus up and running with sports programs,” said Steve Schafer, BenU at Mesa’s associate athletic director and head golf coach. “Our student-athletes, coaches and staff are faced with a very unique opportunity of building an athletic program up from the ground floor.”

Both cross country teams competed in four events this past fall, including Northern Arizona University’s George Kyte Classic, University of Arizona’s Dave Murray Invitational, the Embry-Riddle Arizona Invitational and the Thunderbird Classic hosted by Mesa Community College.

Freshman Monica Soliz led the Redhawks, placing 15th at the George Kyte Classic and 18th at the Embry-Riddle Arizona Invitational. At the Thunderbird Classic, she recorded a personal record of 20:24.0.
The Redhawks’ men’s and women’s tennis and volleyball will compete for the first time this winter and spring. Many current student-athletes are freshmen or transfer students and the University is always welcoming new freshmen and transfer applicants.

Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to operate an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher learning in Arizona.

Applications are being accepted for spring 2015 classes. Classes begin January 12. For more information about Benedictine, please visit Gillett Hall at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa, or contact (602) 888-5533 or To schedule a campus tour, please go to visit


Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Education and technology blog edcetera named Benedictine University at Mesa among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013.

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