March 27, 2010
Tori Pena had a huge day on Saturday at the Cal/Nevada Championships as the senior cleared the No. 3 mark in the NCAA this season in the pole vault, placing second overall.
Pena has had quite a senior season as she earned All-America honors two weeks ago at the NCAA Indoor Championships. During the indoor season, Pena posted a lifetime-best of 13-11.25 and has now upped that mark to 14-1.25 outdoors. Today's clearance of 14-1.25 moves her to No. 3 in the NCAA and tied for fourth (with teammate Katy Viuf) in UCLA school history. Her previous outdoor best was 13-7.75.
Pena was leading throughout the entire competition, but lost to San Diego State's Stephanie James as James cleared 14-3.25. Pena had good attempts at the bar and is on pace for a banner senior season.
In the long jump final, senior Danielle Watson placed first with her mark of 20-1.75 as she won by nearly a full foot. Sophomore Ryann Krais threw just off of her lifetime-best in the javelin as she placed 10th with a mark of 125-4. Sophomore Taryn Pastoor finished fourth in her first 10,000m race, running 37:44.23.
In preliminary events, juniors Lindsay Rowe and Ashlea McLaughlin were double event qualifiers into Sunday's event finals. Rowe qualified in the 100m hurdles with the fifth-fastest time of the day (13.65) and in the 100m with the ninth-fastest time (12.14, season-best). McLaughlin, who is attempting the 400m/800m double, ran a lifetime-best in the 400m for the fastest qualifier of the day (54.05). She then ran the third-fastest time in the 800m, 2:13.65, to advance to Sunday's final.
Competition concludes on Sunday with field event finals in the triple jump, women's high jump, shot put and discus. All running events will be finals.