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Early Season, Top Form

Field-event athletes shine in Sacramento
Early Season, Top Form

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In his collegiate debut and first meet in three years, Trevor Danielson unleashed one of the top javelin throws in Stanford history, at the Hornet Invitational at Sacramento State on Saturday.

Danielson threw 214-6 (65.38 meters) to break his personal best by more than eight feet and jumped into Stanford's all-time performers' list at No. 6. A junior computer science major, Danielson hadn't competed since high school in Newberg, Oregon, and his previous best was from 2013. He briefly had been on the Stanford roster when he arrived on campus, but hadn't been able to compete until this year.

That was among several highlights involving the 14 Stanford athletes competing, including 12 making their season outdoor debut, and five making their first Stanford appearance.

Stanford senior Valarie Allman, a two-time Pac-12 discus champion, is redshirting this season, to give herself a fifth season in 2018 and an extra year under new throws coach Zeb Sion. She competed unattached and uncorked a throw of 202-3 (61.65m), breaking her personal best of 201-6 (61.42m) from her third-place effort at last year's NCAA Championships.

That is the No. 1 throw by an American this year and places her No. 8 in the world.

Stanford winners were Lena Giger in the women's shot put (52-0 ½, 15.86m), Mackenzie Little in the women's javelin (179-4, 54.67m), and, on Friday, men's hammer thrower Michael Painter in his Stanford debut.

Painter is an Englishman who competed at University of Cambridge before coming to Stanford as a graduate student in computer science. His winning throw of 214-5 (65.35m) was one foot off his personal best and places him at No. 8 on Stanford's all-time list. He was followed in second by Tristen Newman, who had PB of 197-2 (60.09m).

Among the three freshmen making their collegiate debuts was Erika Malaspina in another all-time top-10 effort. Malaspina was fourth in the women's pole vault at 12-11 ½ (3.95m), placing her at No. 9 outdoors at Stanford, and sophomore teammate Nicole Summersett was fifth at 12-7 ½ (3.85m), her collegiate best.

Freshman Landon Ellingson was fourth in the men's discus (165-7, 50.46m) and Jaimi Salone was 14th in the women's discus at 130-9 (39.85m), though she was hurt by fouling the first two of her three throws.

The full Cardinal team will compete at the Stanford Invitational on March 31-April 1 at Cobb Track and Angell Field.

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Hornet Invitational
At Hornet Stadium


Hammer – 1, Michael Painter (Stanford) 214-5 (65.35m), No. 8 Stanford all-time; 2, Tristen Newman (Stanford) 197-2 (60.09m), PB.

Hammer – 1, Ilse Kaaja (Cal) 198-9 (60.59m); 2, Valarie Allman (unattached) 195-11 (59.73m); 9, Lena Giger (Stanford) 171-11 (52.40m).


800 – 1, Alex Grigorev (UC Davis) 1:49.31; 12, Nathaniel Kucera (Stanford) 1:55.33.
1,500 – 1, Ryan Driscoll (USF) 3:48.73; 10, Ryan Silva (Stanford) 3:53.87.
Shot put – 1, Peter Simon (Cal) 59-6 ¾ (17.78m); 2, Tristen Newman (Stanford) 58-4 (17.78m).
Discus – Brenden Song (Cal) 171-8 (52.32m); 4, Landon Ellingson (Stanford) 165-7 (50.46m).
Javelin – 1, Nicholas Howe (unattached) 228-8 (69.69m); 2, Trevor Danielson (Stanford) 214-6 (65.38m), PB, No. 6 Stanford all-time; 4, Charles Kerr (Stanford) 204-7 (62.36m).

Long jump – 1, Brooke Whitburn (Chico State) 19-2 (5.84m); 10, Daryth Gayles (Stanford) 17-11 (5.46m).
Pole vault – 1, Lauren Martinez (Cal) 13-5 ¼ (4.10m); 4, Erika Malaspina (Stanford) 12-11 ½ (3.95m), No. 9 Stanford all-time; 5, Nicole Summersett (Stanford) 12-7 ½ (3.85m).
Shot put – 1, Lena Giger (Stanford) 52-0 ½ (15.86m).
Discus – 1, Valarie Allman (unattached) 202-3 (61.65m), PB; 2, Summer Pierson (unattached) 184-9 (56.31m); 14, Jaimi Salone (Stanford) 130-9 (39.85m).
Javelin – 1, Mackenzie Little (Stanford) 179-4 (54.67m); 4, Victoria Smith (Stanford) 141-8 (43.19m).

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