Clancy, Bender Capture Multi Event Titles
Decathlon – Final Results | Heptathlon – Final Results
Decathlon champion Kyle Clancy of UC Davis and heptathlon champion Hope Bender of UC Santa Barbara maintained their leads on day two of the Big West Multi-Events competition to kick off the 2018 conference Track & Field Championships.
Clancy became the first Aggie to claim decathlon gold as he finished with 7,181 points. After clinging to a miniscule two-point lead through five events, Clancy widened his final margin of victory, but not by much. He won by 72 points over second place finisher and Aggie teammate Thomas Grossman, who had 7,109 points.
Long Beach State junior Jonathan Broadhead factored in the medal contention, placing third with 7,098 points. Cal Poly senior Jacob Rickman fell one spot to fourth place, but also cleared the 7,000-point threshold, as he finished with 7,070. A third Aggie placed in the top five as Drake Foote was fifth with 6,846 points.
Bender joined Olympian Barbara Nwaba as the second UC Santa Barbara athlete to claim the heptathlon title. Nwaba won the conference competition in 2010 and 2012, including a meet record 5,709 points in 2012.
Bender's 5,561 point total registered as the fifth-highest in Big West championship meet history. She held off UC Davis junior Erinn Beattie, who scored 5,458 points for second place.
The third place finisher was Cal Poly sophomore Caice Lanovaz with 4,980 points, followed by UC Riverside sophomore Dilini Amarasekara (4,902) and Hawai‘i sophomore Calli Ann Abbott (4,844).
In the decathlon, Clancy started out strong with a second place finish in the 110 meter hurdles, crossing the line in 14.64 seconds, just two-tenths of a second off the lead. He then picked up an important victory in the pole vault, clearing 14-10 for 766 points and widening his lead over Grossman.
Grossman had crept closer to Clancy in the standings with a third place showing in the discus.
Clancy would need those points as Grossman made a late charge with gold in the javelin (179-04) and a fourth place finish in the 1,500 meters (4:35.94).
Bender, who won three events (100 hurdles, shot put, 200 meters) on Friday, did not finish first in the long jump, javelin or 800 meters. But she finished in the top five of all three, giving her enough points to hold off a charging Beattie.
Beattie was victorious in the long jump with a winning leap of 19-10.50 (5.75) and outdueled Bender in the 800 meters. Beattie won with a time of 2:14.57 while Bender was second in 2:17.78. Beattie picked up 899 points with her win in the 800, but it wasn't enough to overtake Bender who collected 854 for her runner-up finish.
Bender was fourth in the long jump and fifth in the javelin.
The main portion of the Big West Championships resumes on Friday, May 11 at the CSUN Track and Field Complex.