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  Raquel Bender
Raquel Bender

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Penn Hills, PA

High School:
Penn Hills

Event:
Sprints

2007-08: Indoor T/F - Ran a sub-7.90 in every 60-meter dash during the indoor season, including a season-best time of 7.71 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational...Posted a 7.72 in the 60-meter dash at the Big East Indoor Championships, finishing in 14th place...Tallied two top-ten finishes in the 200-meter dash, running a season-best of 24.50 at the ECAC Championships, placing sixth. Outdoor T/F - A member of the 400-meter relay team that won both the Big East Outdoor Championship (45.99) and the ECAC/IC4A (45.62) titles...Picked up a ninth place finish in the 100- meter dash at the Morgan State Invitational, running a 12.31.

2006-07: Indoor T/F - Recorded personal-best times of 7.63 and 24.30 in the 60 and 200-meter events, respectively at the ECAC Indoor Championships...Contributed to the school-record breaking 800-meter relay team that turned in a time of 1:37.98 at the Akron University Invitational...Placed third at the Kent State Golden Flash Gala in the 60 meters and fourth in the 200 meters with times of 7.74 and 24.85, respectively. Outdoor T/F - A member of the 400-meter relay team that finished 16th overall at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time 45.55...Contributed to a fourth-place finish, just one spot shy of an automatic national bid, in the 400-meter relay at the NCAA East Regional Championships...Helped capture a regional-qualifying time of 45.58 and an ECAC Outdoor title in the 400-meter relay...Aided the 400-meter relay team in their victorious run (45.75) through the ECAC finals at the Penn Relays...Placed sixth in the 100 meters at the Big East conference meet with a time of 11.90...Assisted the 400-meter relay team to a second-place finish with an ECAC-qualifying time of 45.91 at the Morgan State Legacy Meet...At the Asics Liberty Invitational, Bender not only took first place in the 100 meters with a time of 12.29, but she was also named Women's Track Athlete of the Meet after adding a second-place finish in the 200 meter event (24.54)...Placed seventh at the Fred Hardy Invitational in the 400 meters with a time of 58.38.

2005-06: Indoor T/F - Qualified for the Big East Championships and placed seventh in the 200 meters...Won the 800-meter relay and set a school record of 1:39.83 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational...Placed eighth in the 1,600-meter relay at the Penn State Open...Finished seventh in the 200 meters and fifth in the 1,600-meter relay at the Akron Quad. Outdoor T/F - Competed in the NCAA East Regional Championships, placing eighth in the 400-meter relay...ECAC champion in the 400-meter relay...Also won that relay at the Big East Championships and finished eighth in the 100 meters...Won the 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay at the ECAC Championships...Captured several first-place finishes throughout the season including the 400-meter relay at the Nittany Lion Relays, the 200 meters at the Slippery Rock Invitational and the 400-meter relay at the Western PA Championships...Placed third in the 100 meters and 200 meters at the Western PA Championships and finished third in the 400 meters at the Slippery Rock Invitational.

High School: Won the 2004 State Championships in the 400-meter relay and was a runner-up in 2005...Finished fourth at states in 2005 in the 200 meters...Medalist in the 1,600-meter relay at 2004 states...Medalist at 2004 indoor states in the 200 meters and finished fourth in 2005...Also played basketball.

Personal: Daughter of Otto and Phyllis Bender...Has one brother and three sisters...Born December 7, 1986...Major is undeclared.