Nick  Vena
Nick Vena

Whippany, N.J.

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2012 Second-Team Indoor All-American
2013 Second-Team Indoor All-American
2013 Second-Team Outdoor All-American
2014 Second Team Indoor All-American
2014 First Team Outdoor All-American

2015: Indoor Finished fifth in the shot with a top mark of 64-5.25 at the McCravy Memorial…Erupted for a career-best throw of 65-7 for second place in the shot at the VT Elite Meet…Posted his second consecutive 65-foot performance in the shot to take fourth at the Tyson Invitational…Was 11th in the shot put (54-9.25) at the SEC Championships…Took 15th at the NCAA Championships after his top effort traveled 59-3.50.

2014: Outdoor - Won the season-opening Baldy Castillo Invitational after reaching 60 feet, 7 ¼ inches in the shot put...Led his teammates with a top collegiate finish (second overall, finishing behind Reese Hoffa) with a mark of 61-11.50 at the Spec Towns Invite...Finished sixth at the Mt. SAC Relays after his sixth throw measured 62-11.50 in the shot...Was the top collegiate finisher (second overall) after launching the shot 63-8.75 at the Georgia Invite...Also was second overall and first in the collegiate ranks in the discus (168-2) at the Bulldogs' last home meet...Exploded for a personal-best toss of 64-7.25 to take third in the shot at the SEC Championships and also had a top 2014 mark of 168-11 to take 13th in the discus...Notched his second personal best in as many meets with the second-longest throw in school history (66-10.75) to take second in the shot at the NCAA East Prelims (also had a throw of 65-0.75 in his series)...Had his second consecutive 66-foot showing to take third in the shot put for a First Team All-America certificate at the NCAA Championships with a top effort of 66-1.75.

2014: Indoor - Finished second in the shot put with a throw of 61 feet, 10 ½ inches at the Cherry & Silver Invite...Won with a mark of 62-11.50 at the VT Elite Meet...Was ninth at the SEC Championships after reaching 58-1.75...Muscled a personal-best throw of 63-2.25 to finish ninth in the shot at the NCAA Championships.

2013: Outdoor - Was named a Second Team All-American after finishing 11th in the shot put with a top throw of 60 feet, 8 inches at the NCAA Championships...Had the nation's longest throw from the NCAA Prelims after winning the East meet with a career-best effort of 63-9...Finished third in the shot put with a top effort of 61-9.75 at the SEC Championships...Won the Drake Relays after launching his sixth and final throw 62-0.50...Won the War Eagle Invite with a shot put toss of 61-5....Earned runner-up honors in the shot put at the Spec Towns Invite with a season-best throw of 62-5.25...Was second out of the collegiate competitors (fourth overall) at the Florida Relays after having a mark of 61-6.25...Also was sixth in the discus at the Florida meet with a season-best mark of 164-3...Posted a 4.0 cumulative GPA during the 2012-13 academic year.

2013 - Indoor: Won his first meet with the Bulldogs after reaching 61 feet, 4 ¼ inches at the Auburn Invite...Picked up a personal-best mark of 62-6.75 for second place in the shot put at the Razorback Invite...Finished in second at the Akron Invite with a top effort of 60-4...Hit a personal-best mark of 62-10 to win the shot at the VT Elite Meet...Reached 62-5.75 for third place in the shot put at the SEC Championships...Competed at his first NCAA Championships as a Bulldog and took 10th for a Second Team All-America certificate after reaching 60-7.75.

2012 Two-Time ACC Outdoor Champion (shot put, discus)

Virginia (2012): Indoor - Earned Second Team All-American honors in the shot put...Finished second at the ACC Championships and was named to the All-ACC team...Set a school indoor record with a mark of 62 feet, 1 inch.

Virginia (2012): Outdoor - Won ACC titles in both the shot put and discus and was named the MVP Field Performer...Personal-best mark of 64-0.25, which is a UVA outdoor record, (shot put) and 179-11 (discus).

High School: Five-time national champion (four indoor titles and one USATF Junior Nationals championship)...Eight-time All-American in the shot put...Named 2010 Track & Field News Indoor Athlete of the Year...Holds national freshman, sophomore and junior indoor and outdoor class records in the shot as well as the 14-, 15-, 16-year-old age class records...Captured eight New Jersey Meet of Championships titles in the shot and one in the discus...Only American to be a four-time individual champion at the Penn Relays and a two-time MVP at the meet...Four-time New Jersey Gatorade Athlete of the Year...Eastern Track's Male Athlete of the Year...Finished fourth at the 2010 IAAF World Junior (U-19) Championships at only 17...High school personal best of 75-10.25, which is a New Jersey state outdoor record, (shot) and 186-4 (discus)...Also owns New Jersey state indoor record in the shot (71-9.50)...Recorded a national record 96 throws over 70 feet and is the No. 3 U.S. thrower outdoors in U.S. high school history...Six-time Star-Ledger Athlete of the Year for New Jersey and three-time Dailey Record Athlete of the Year for Morris County...NJEA/News 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year...Morris County Male Scholar Athlete of the Year...Member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born April 16, 1993...Son of Michelle and Victor Vena...Majoring in Health and Physical Education.

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