Santa Barbara Athletics News
Jun 11, 2018
Eugene, Ore. – Junior Hope Bender found herself capping off an astounding junior year campaign with a 12th place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships hosted at Historic Hayward Field, garnering another 2nd-Team All-American Honors distinguishment. Senior Jenna Hinkle faced a tall order in the first semi final heat of the women’s 1500m at the championships and would ultimately not qualify for the final, but still received Honorable Mention honors for making it all the way to the championship meet.
NCAA Outdoor Championships Results
Bender would open up in the 100m hurdles with a solid mark of 13.73 to start off the competition, putting her in early contention for an All-American spot. A solid 1.66m high jump and an 11.89 shot put would still have her hovering within the top 16 of 24 athletes in the field, but a fast clip in the 200m at 24.21 seconds would bump her up all the way to 9th place by the end of day one, just one spot off 1st Team All-American placings.
On the second day, the quality of the field Hope was in began to reveal itself going into the long jump where a 5.63m jump wouldn’t cut it for the junior, slipping her back in placings leading into the javelin. Hope would actually set a new personal best throw of 35.85m during this portion of the competition, but again the field would best her, slipping her farther back to 15th place heading into the final event.
In near poetic fashion with the final event scheduled to go off later in the day, Hayward Field slowly adopted a more aquatic setting as a downpour of rain started to takes its toll. With pools of water beginning to form on the track and temperatures dropping into the 50s, Hope would need to pull out something fierce to keep her top 16 spot. Sticking to the …