Bender Sits In Ninth Through Four Heptathlon Events
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UC Santa Barbara junior Hope Bender is in ninth place among 24 competitors in the heptathlon as day three of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships was contested at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday.
Bender compiled 3,438 points after completing the 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meter dash. She is just 43 points out of fifth place and catching Michelle Atherley of Miami (FL) with 3,481 points. Penn State's Madeline Holmberg is sixth with 3,467 points, followed by Kansas State's Nina Schultz (3,452) and UCLA's Kendall Gustafson (3,440).
The leader after day one is Georgia sophomore Louisa Grauvogel with 3,752 points.
Bender, who broke the school record in the 100 hurdles in 13.33 seconds at the West Preliminary, finished 10th overall in 13.73 to open the competition.
She cleared 5-05.25 in the high jump for 18th place and tossed the shot put 39-00.25 for 14th.
The final event of the day – the 200 meters – proved to be the most productive for Bender. She finished in third place in 24.21 seconds, just off her career-best 24.15 set at the Big West Multi-Event Championships. That performance earned her 961 points.
Bender competes in the long jump, javelin and 800 meters Saturday to conclude the heptathlon. She needs to finish in the top eight to achieve first team All-America status. UC Davis junior Erinn Beattie and Hawai‘i and sophomore Lily Lowe also participate in the women's high jump at 3:00 p.m.