July 14, 2010
Just over a month ago, All-American vaulter Tori Pena earned her Irish citizenship and now the standout athlete for the Bruins from 2007-2010 has set a new national record for her country.
Pena, who's grandmother on her mother's side is Irish, traveled to Ireland on the fourth of July to compete at the Irish National Championships. At the meet, she cleared 13-7.25 (4.15m) to win and set a new national record (the previous record was 13-1.50/4.00m).
With her win, Pena now heads to Barcelona, Spain to compete in the European Championships where she will no doubt continue to break the pole vault record.
During her senior season, Pena vaulted to new heights, clearing 14-3.25 for the No. 3 mark all-time at UCLA behind only Chelsea Johnson and Tracy O'Hara. She earned indoor and outdoor All-American honors in the vault with a ninth-place and third-place finish at those meets, respectively. She battled injuries most of her career and had a top mark of 12-11.50 during her junior season. Pena worked hard to get healthy and came back to cap off her Bruin career with impressive performances and a lifetime-best mark of 14-3.25.