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May 28, 2024
May 27, 2024

Bronze athlete: Torri Pugh


Senior Torri Pugh completes her high school athletic career as being a part of four sports

Torri Pugh is the epitome of a multi-sport athlete. With multiple years of varsity soccer, water polo, cross country, and track, Pugh has developed a broad athletic skillset throughout her time at Paso Robles High — doing more than enough to earn Bronze Bearcathlete for the 2018-19 season.

Of all the sports Pugh has participated in, she’s played soccer the longest (12 years, three of which were in high school). Her performance as center defender earned her defensive MVP for a remarkable three straight years — every single year she was on the team. Pugh was one of three team captains her senior year.

Two years of varsity water polo add to Pugh’s accolades. “I didn’t play soccer my freshman year because I played varsity water polo with my sister Makenna, and I ended up coming back senior year,” Pugh said. “I got Lions Club [award] for water polo this year voted by my teammates so that was wonderful.”

In addition to soccer and water polo, Pugh competed on the cross country and track teams for a combined seven years; some of her greatest achievements came in the latter. “I’ve done track and field for four years. I have done hurdles, mid distance, and sprints but my favorite events are high jump and pole vaulting,” Pugh noted.

It’s no surprise that pole vault is one of Pugh’s favorite events. In the 2019 season, Pugh scored 1st place at the Mountain League Finals in pole vault with a 10’6” jump (her PR). She also competed in high jump throughout the season, with a PR of 4’8”.

Though Pugh never had her eyes set on track scholarships, she still hopes that she can compete when she begins at UC Davis in the fall. “My plan has never been to compete in college […]. However, pole vaulting this season has really made me appreciate and love the sport all the more and I might try and walk on the track team at Davis,” Pugh said.

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