Hope Bender
Hope Bender
Year: Junior
Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
High School: Newport Harbor HS
Position: Heptathlon

2016-2017

Competed eight times for her second season. Started off with a win in the 100m hurdles at the Gaucho Round-Up, clocking 13.94. Bested that time at the UCLA Legends Invite, clocking a new personal best of 13.84 to take fifth overall. Set her personal best score in the heptathlon at the 2017 Mt. SAC Relays, tallying up a score of 5212 points. In the process, she clocked a personal best in the 200m of 24.66, which would put her on the UCSB all time list at seventh overall for that specific event. An unfortunate no height in the high jump would leave her completely out of the running for another podium finish in the heptathlon at the Big West Conference Championships, but that would only add fuel to the flame as she would come back with a vengenace in the individual events. Hope would go on to take second in the 100m hurdles in 13.74, first in the 400m hurdles in 58.87, and help out the 4x400m relay squad to take fifth in 3:45.24, their fastest time of the season. Her hurdle performances were both personal bests, with her 100m hurdles time boosting her to tie for number two on the all time list. 

2015-2016 

Established a strong presence in the conference in her first season at UCSB. Set a personal best in the heptathlon at the 2016 Sam Adams Invitational by chalking up a whopping 4909 points, propelling herself to number four on the all-time list in her first ever attempt at the grueling two day event. Got a dual pair of event wins at the Cal Poly Dual Meet, clocking a personal best 13.89 in the 100h hurdles and sharing a part in the 4x400m relay. Ended the season on a high note with a barrage of points scored at the Big West Conference Championships, taking 3rd in the heptathlon, 4th in the 100m hurdles, 3rd in the 400m hurdles, and 6th in the 4x400m relay. Bender set two personal bests in the process, scoring 5114 points in the heptathlon and clocking 59.74 in the 400m hurdles. She moved to number two all time in both events. 

Prep

Bender comes to UCSB via Newport Harbor HS where she excelled in the sprints and hurdles. Bender, a former motocross racer found the throttle on the track, erupting in her senior year to a top-25 national mark in the 300m hurdles. Bender established a new Orange County record in the 300m hurdles after running 42.51 at the CIF Finals. She would go on to lower that mark to 42.18 at the CIF State meet. Earlier in the year, she won the Orange County Championships with a then 300m hurdle best of 43.39, one of four Newport Harbor School records she set during her senior season. Her school record in the 100m hurdles was set and reset nearly every weekend her senior year, her best time being 14.35. In her first year of hurdling, Bender broke the 15 second barrier seven times. Her 400m best was set at the OC Championships, placing her third in 57.09, also a school record. Her 200m best of 25.40 set at the Beach Cities Invite rounds out her record collection. Prep coaches were Eric Tweit, Tony Ciarelli, and Erich Moreno.  

Personal

Parents are Steve and Lynn Bender...Has one sibling, Faith...Majoring in Biology...Aspires to become a Genetic Engineer...Favorite Musician is Rihanna...Favorite Book is Redeeming Love...Personal heroes are Allyson Felix and Jessica Ennis...Also competed in Motocross and Horse-Show Jumping. 

Collegiate Bests

200m - 24.66 (2017 Mt. SAC Relays) 

800m - 2:14.63 (2017 Mt. SAC Relays) 

100m Hurdles - 13.74 (2017 Big West Conference Championships) 

400m Hurdles - 58.87 (2017 Big West Conference Championships) 

High Jump - 5' 3" (2017 Mt. SAC Relays) 

Long Jump - 17' 10 3/4" (2017 Big West Challenge Cup) 

Shot Put - 39' 1 3/4" (2017 Ben Brown Invite) 

Javelin - 99' 4" (2016 Big West Conference Championships) 

Heptathlon - 5212 (2017 Mt. SAC Relays) 

Big West Championships 

2017 - Heptathlon, 14th, 4312 

2017 - 400m hurdles, 1st, 58.87

2017 - 100m hurdles, 2nd, 13.74

2017 - 4x400m relay, 5th, 3:45.24

2016 - Heptathlon, 3rd, 5112 

2016 - 400m hurdles, 3rd, 59.74

2016 - 100m hurdles, 4th, 13.87

2016 - 4x400m relay, 6th, 3:49.05