Robert was a football and track star at Bennett in the early 60’s. Robert played end, and was selected as the 1st team All-High receiver in his senior season. The 1 961 Tigers played in the consolation game on Thanksgiving Day, and Robert caught a touchdown pass to help the Tigers win the game.
In track, Robert was an all-high sprinter. The 880 yd. relay teams of both 1961 and 1962 won the All-High meet. Robert was the only performer on both of those squads, as he had three new teammates for the 1962 repeat.
After graduating from Bennett, Robert attended Howard University where he majored in marketing. He worked as an account executive for a “Fortune 500” company.
Baker was a three year track and cross county runner for Bennett. He achieved All-High honors in track three consecutive years with the 880 yard relay team. In his senior year he was All-High in the 1 00 and 220 yard dashes, and was on the Scalp & Blade champion 1 962 squad.
Unanimously recognized as one of the greatest runners in the annals of Bennett High track and cross country, Baker earned a scholarship to Southern University for his outstanding track achievements.
Delbert “Moon” Mullens graduated from Bennett in 1962. During his high school days, he achieved greatness as a track and cross country star.
In autumn cross country running, Mullens earned major letters in each of his 4 years as a Bennett Tiger. He was named All High during his senior year, and contributed heavily toward Bennett’s capturing 2 Columbia Cups, emblematic of city supremacy in cross country running.
Del also was a 4 year major letter winner in spring track. Using his gift of blazing speed, he held Bennett records in the 220 yard dash, the 440 yard dash, and shared the 880 yard relay mark with 3 team mates. The 1962 Bennett 880 thinclads, anchored by the mercurial Mullens, broke a 23 year old city record, blazing to a 1 minute 32 second mark. Mullens ran the anchor leg in an exceptional :21.3.
Not one to rest on his laurels, “Moon” continued to strive for excellence by training hard in the summer months. Here is a summary of Del’s best high school and summer achievements: