Sacramento, Calif. - Junior Hope Bender gave quite the surprise during the preliminary rounds of the NCAA West Regional Meet on Friday with a school record clocking of 13.33 in the 100m hurdles to finish second in her heat and qualify for the quarterfinal round occurring on Saturday. She would execute a quick 8 step approach to the first hurdle and have an incredible first 60 meters going even with the top half of the field, something not seen before in the event for the Gaucho.
With the final day of qualifying set to take place, here's a quick recap of what has occurred so far for the Gauchos:
Senior Myles McDonald finished 31st overall in the 400m hurdles on Thursday with a clocking of 52.00, his third fastest time of the year. He ended up finishing a good 8 spots ahead of his pre-meet seed at 39th.
Along with her bout in the 100m hurdles, Hope Bender was also taking on the 400m hurdles this meet, getting through the preliminary rounds with a 58.60. Ultimately however she wouldn't make it through the quarterfinal rounds that took place about two hours after her 100m hurdles prelim, clocking 58.41 to just miss the final time qualifier by .19 seconds in 14th overall.
Senior Jenna Hinkle took to the track on Thursday in the heats of the 1500m to cruise to a second place finish in her heat with a time of 4:20.07, the second fastest time of the day behind Oregon's Jessica Hull who ran 4:19.41, one of the NCAA favorites for the individual title in Eugene.
Junior Kordell Hampton would do his best in the grueling three throw format in the discus, but would have to settle for 16th overall with a throw of 54.19m, a mere meter off an appearance at nationals.
Finally, true freshman Jarett Chinn, who came in ranked last in the 800m, would display veteran like tactics and racing prowess on Thursday to nip a third place finish in his preliminary heat to qualify for the quarterfinal rounds in a personal best clocking of 1:50.01. He would end up getting eliminated in the quarterfinals on Friday, finishing eighth in his heat, but would end up running back-to-back 1:50 clockings with a time of 1:50.25.
Saturday will be the final day for qualifying, and three Gauchos will be set for one more go at a national birth. True freshman Chase Tarr will lead the way starting at 12:00 pm in the first heat of the men's javelin while Hope Bender will run the 100m hurdles at 7:20 pm. Jenna Hinkle will be performing double duty as she will be slated to run the 1500m quarterfinal at 6:45 pm and then come back less than two hours later to try her luck at the 5000m as well.