Prior to FPU - Ben was a four sport letter winner at Buchanan High School, including soccer, football, baseball and track... specialized in 110 high and 300 intermediate hurdles... high school career bests were 14.50 and 39.16.
Personal - Ben's parents are Jeanie and Jim Bogdanof of Clovis... has two brothers, one older, one younger... was born in Huntington Beach in 1981... is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan... is a business finance major... future plans include a career as a swimming pool designer and contractor... home church is Bethany Mennonite Brethren Church in Fresno... is a California Scholastic Federation lifetime member... is an FPU President's Scholar.
As a freshman (2001) - Ben specialized in the hurdles... clocked 7.74 in the 55 meter hurdles (indoor), 14.92 in the 110 highs, and 54.96 in the 400 intermediates... established a new javelin record with a 193-08 toss.
As a sophomore (2002) - Ben tried the decathlon for the first time this season, with remarkable results...
scored 5,913 points in his first effort in March, then followed that with 6,284 points at the California Invitational Decathlon in April... earned NAIA All-America honors with a fourth place finish in the decathlon at the NAIA national championship in Olathe, Kansas... his total of 6,728 points broke FPU's 25-year old decathlon mark of 6,687 set by Ed Barber on May 27, 1977, also at the NAIA National Championship in Arkadelphia, Arkansas... won the GSAC javelin title with a toss of 190-06... finished ninth at the NAIA national championship with a
193-01 mark... was the team's MVP.
As a junior (2003) - Ben picked up right where he left off in 2002... qualified for the pentathlon at the NAIA national championship and earned NAIA All-America status with a second place finish (3,581 points)... won the GSAC javelin for the second consecutive seasons with a mark of 198-07... broke his own FPU record in the decathlon with a
total of 6,815 points to become the 2003 NAIA national champion... named to the NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete team... named the team's MVP for the second consecutive season.
As a senior (2004) - Ben wrapped up his collegiate career with another stellar season... was named the team's MVP for the third consecutive season... earned NAIA Indoor All-America honors with a fifth place finish in the pentathlon (3,646 points)... scored 68 points at the GSAC championship, including wins in the 110 meter high hurdles (14.58), 400 meter intermediate hurdles (55.16) and the javelin (215-11)... won the open javelin and repeated as decathlon champion with a FPU record 6,936 points at the NAIA Outdoor National Championship... joins pole vaulter Steve Hardison as the only FPU athletes to win three NAIA national championships...
named to the NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete team... is became the first FPU athlete to be named the Most Outstanding Performer at the NAIA National Championship.
Season-by-season best marks