Keren Bentzur

Keren Bentzur

Player Profile

Assistant Coach - W-Multis/Jumps

Second Year

Alma Mater:
University of New Mexico, 2002

Former Lobo standout Keren Bentzur is in her second season as UNM assistant track and field coach and third year on the staff overall. Bentzur, a two-time Israeli national long jump champion, served as a volunteer coach at UNM in 2005 and was a 10-time all-Mountain West Conference honoree under head coach Matt Henry from 2001-03. She trains the Lobo jumpers and women's multi-event athletes.

Bentzur made an immediate impact in 2006, her first year as a full-time assistant. UNM freshmen Tiyana Peters and Khristina Curtis became the first Lobos to earn all-MWC honors in the indoor high jump, finishing tied for second with marks of 5-07.75. Senior Mike Powdrell (2nd - long jump) and rookie Josh Cosio (3rd - high jump) earned all-conference honors at the MWC Outdoor Championships and also qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in their respective events.

New Mexico put up 34.5 points in the men's and women's jumps at the MWC Outdoor Championships, including 13 by Powdrell and sophomore Domnick Meadows in the men's long jump and 11 by Cosio and Powdrell in the men's high jump. Powdrell finished as the Lobos' High Point award winner, racking up 13 at the conference meet.

The Lobos had at least one MWC finalist in the men's and women's long jump, triple jump and high jump at both the indoor and outdoor championship meets in 2006.

A native of Beer-Sheva, Israel, Bentzur was named one of the top international newcomers in NCAA Division I when she transferred to New Mexico from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem following the 1999-2000 school year. The multi-event standout earned athletic and academic all-conference honors in each of her three years at UNM, and competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championship meet in 2002 and 2003.

Bentzur turned in one of the greatest conference championship performances in school history as a senior, earning the MWC High Point Award at the indoor meet with 30 points in the pentathlon, long jump, triple jump and high jump. She was also the first UNM woman to win two events in one year at an indoor conference meet, taking the pentathlon and long jump that year. Bentzur still holds indoor school records in the long jump (19-11.00) and pentathlon (3,845 points).

In 2002, she finished one spot shy of All-America honors, placing ninth in the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Her career-best heptathlon score of 5,371, set in 2002, was just 48 points shy of the Lobo record. Bentzur also owns the top outdoor long jump (20-03.00) and indoor high jump (5-07.25) marks recorded during in Henry's five-year tenure.

Bentzur earned her B.S. in Nutrition from UNM in 2002 and received her master's in Exercise Physiology, also from UNM, in July of 2005. The former Keren Sari married husband Rotem Bentzur in 2001. The couple has a 2-year-old son, Noam.


Athletic Highlights:
• Two-time Israeli national long jump champion
• Three-year letterwinner at the University of New Mexico
• Ten-time all-Mountain West Conference honoree
- Indoor long jump (`01, `02, `03)
- Indoor pentathlon (`01, `02, `03)
- Indoor triple jump (`03)
- Outdoor long jump (`02, `03)
- Outdoor heptathlon (`02)
• 2003 MWC indoor pentathlon and long jump champion
• 2003 MWC Indoor Championships High Point Award winner (30)
• Two-time NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier in the heptathlon(2002-03)
• UNM indoor record holder in pentathlon (3,845 points) and long jump (19-11.00)

Academic Awards:
• Three-time Academic All-MWC honoree
• Two-time MWC Scholar-Athlete award winner
• 2003 Academic All-District VI selection.