Episode 6- Hopetathlon (featuring Hope Bender)
Hope Bender is a senior track and field athlete at UC Santa Barbara. Bender recently set a Big West Conference Championship meet record on her on her Heptathlon score of 5814 which beat 5709 set by U.S. Olympian and former Gaucho Barbara Nwaba set back in 2012.
At the Big West Championship meet, she placed first in both the long jump and 400 meter hurdbles which she set a UCSB record for and was good for third in the nation. Hope reached the third national rank in both 400m hurdles and the heptathlon.
On top of track and field, we also talked about Hope's unique background in both motocross and horse-show jumping.