National championships will be on the line in Eugene, Ore., this weekend as the Sun Devil track and field team wraps up the 2012-13 ASU competition calendar.
The Sun Devil men and No. 9 women will take part in the NCAA West Preliminaries in Austin, Texas, this weekend.
The Sun Devils will take part in the 2013 Pac-12 Track and Field Championships this weekend in Los Angeles with two Territorial Cup points up for grabs.
The Arizona State men and women will look to keep their winning streaks against their in-state rivals alive this weekend.
The Sun Devils will welcome Texas A&M, Kansas State and Minnesota to the 2013 Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., this weekend.
Chris Benard set the school indoor record in the triple jump during the opening weekend of the 2012 track & field season.
Arizona State: Set a mark of 16.50m (54-01.75) in the 2012 season indoors that broke Dwight Phillips' 12-year-old indoor school record in the event and would be good for a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships... was granted an extra season of eligibility and showed it off by posting the nation's second-best triple jump this season with a jump of 15.89m (52-01.75) at the Lumberjack Challenge. 2012 Outdoor: Advanced to the NCAA Division 1 Championships in both the triple jump and long jump events... Had a career high mark of 25-5.25 (7.75m) during the NCAA West Preliminary in the long jump... Finished first in the Pac-12 Championships in the triple jump with a jump of 53-10.50 (16.42m)... Placed first in both the triple jump and long jump events during the Double Dual Meet... had a career high long jump of 54-11.25 (16.74m) at the 54th Annual Mt. SAC Relays...placed first at the ASU-Arkansas-LSU Tri-Meet in the triple jump and also placing second in the long jump event... took first in both long jump and triple jump events during the Sun Angel Classic2012 Indoor: Advanced to the NCAA Division 1 Indoor Championships in triple jump placing second in the event..Placed first in the MPSF Indoor Championship in the triple jump with a mark of 53-11.00 (16.43m).. also placed second in MPSF Championships in the long jump with a mark of 25-0.75 (7.64m)... placed first the the Texas A&M Challange with a mark of 52-4.75 (15.97m) in the triple jump... placed first in the NAU Lumberjack Invitational and New Mexico Don Kirby Elite in the triple jump events...2011 Outdoor: Competed in the final round of the NCAA Division 1 Championships in 2011 in the triple jump where he was 19th overall... placed fourth at the Pac-10 Championship finals in both the long jump with a mark of 24-04.50 (7.43m) and triple jump with a leap of 51-03.50 (15.63m) to score 10 points up for the Devils... set a career record at the 53rd Annual Mt. SAC Relays in the long jump with a mark of 24-5 (7.44m)...placed third at the 2011 Arizona State Invitational in the triple jump... 2011 Indoor: Placed eighth at the MPSF Indoor Track & Field Championships in the long jump to score points for the Sun Devils... won the triple jump for the Devils at the Lumberjack Invitational to set a career best mark of 51-10 (15.80m), a mark that sits fifth on ASU's all-time indoor list... competed in the triple jump at the Texas A&M Challenge to take fourth with a 49-00.75 (14.95m) jump...
Riverside: Earned his Associates degree from Riverside Community College (Riverside, Calif.) in 2010... competed on the track & field team for two years... swept the California State College Championships in the long jump and triple jump in his final year at RCC... selected as the team MVP... ended his career ranked second all-time in school history in the triple jump... Was a teammate of fellow Riverside-to-ASU transfer Daniel Auberry...
High School: A 2008 graduate of Santiago High School (Corona, Calif.)... lettered two times each in track & field and football... captured the California state title in the triple jump as a senior... holds the school record in the triple jump.
Personal: Majoring in communications... parents are Thomas Jr. and Fay Benard... has three sisters: Morgana, Sabrina and Breanna... born April 4, 1990, in Tustin, Calif.... hobbies include... full name is Christopher Anthony Benard...
Personal Bests Long Jump: 25-05 Triple Jump: 53-03.00