Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara seniors Hope Bender and Cassidy Peng were able to sweep both Big West Women's Track Athlete and Field Athlete of the Week accolades thanks to their performances last week at the Big West Challenge.
Bender took home two place finishes at the Challenge Cup in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles with respective times of 13.59 (+2.0 m/s) and 59.60 respectively. She also took fourth in the flat 100m in 12.06 (+1.6 m/s), finishing behind some of the top returners from last year's Big West Conference Championships. She's currently ranked second in the Big West and 31st in the West Region for the for the 100m hurdles, while in the 400m hurdles she's first in the conference and 21st in the region.
Peng was able to put on one of the best triples in her Gaucho at the Challenge Cup with two first place finishes in the triple jump and pole vault as well as a second place finish in the long jump. With her 12.12m (+1.2 m/s) mark in the triple jump, she was able to move up to No. 5 on the UCSB All-Time List for that event after moving up to No. 6 just two weeks ago at the Aztec Invitational with a 12.05m mark. In all three events Peng is currently ranked within the top five for the Big West.
Others nominated (Men's Track): Koty Burton (Long Beach State); Brandon Jetter (UC Davis)
Others nominated (Women's Track): Trinity Ruelas (Cal State Fullerton); Courtne' Davis (Long Beach State); Kirsten Carter (UC Davis)
Others nominated (Men's Field): Drake Foote (UC Davis); Jack Pickard (UC Irvine); Kordell Hampton (UC Santa Barbara)
Others nominated (Women's Field): Naiah Boardingham (Cal State Fullerton); Stasia Kubicki (UC Davis); Barbara Coward (UC Irvine)