John Bennink, ‘02
John Bennink used his speed to star on the football field and on the track during his career as an Albion athlete.
John twice achieved All-America status and all-MIAA recognition on the track three times. He won the league title in the 400-meter hurdles his first year with a time of 52.67 seconds, a mark that still stands as the league record. His time of 52.36 seconds in a third-place finish in the 1999 NCAA Championships still stands as the school standard.
A two-time all-MIAA pick at receiver, John was a member of three league champion football squads. He racked up 995 receiving yards during the 2001 season, a figure that still ranks as the school standard, and finished the 2000 and 2001 seasons with 1,627 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
John has taught German and served as the head track & field and assistant football coach at Clarkston High School since 2004. He and his wife, Krista, are the parents of a daughter, Georgia.
Jason Beglin, ‘97
With Jason Beglin on the defensive line in 1996, Albion was able to limit opponents to less than 95 rushing yards per game and the Britons held five of their 10 opponents to nine points or less.
Jason finished the season with 47 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss, 10 of which were sacks.
Based in Rochester, Jason has forged a career in the pharmaceutical industry where he currently serves as a clinical sales specialist for Ironwood Pharmaceuticals. Jason and his wife, Cammy, are the parents of Jack and Katherine.
Chris Barnett, ‘97
Chris Barnett used his hands to leave Albion with every school receiving record. He graduated with the school standards for most receptions, yards and touchdown catches in a season and career.
A three-time all-MIAA pick, he led the league in receiving yards in 1994 and 1995 and ranked second in 1996. He hauled in eight touchdown passes in 1994 to finish second in the league in scoring. In all, Chris rolled up 1,289 yards and 17 touchdowns in 15 contests against MIAA rivals from 1994-96.
His career totals were 149 receptions for 2,534 yards and 28 touchdowns. In fact, he was the first Briton receiver to roll up 2,000 career receiving yards.
His best game came in the Britons’ 51-9 non-league romp over DePauw on Sept. 29, 1996. He matched Bob Basselman’s record for most receptions in a game with 11 and he tacked on the records for receiving yards in a game with 282 and the longest touchdown reception at 93 yards.
Currently residing in Madison Heights, Chris is a sales manager for Belmont Equipment and Technologies. He and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of Parker, Payton, and Andrew.