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April 22, 2017
Valarie Allman, Elise Cranny shine at Cardinal Classic
STANFORD, Calif. – Two Stanford roommates – Valarie Allman and Elise Cranny – established the best American marks of the year in their events at the Cardinal Classic at Cobb Track and Angell Field on Saturday.
Allman, a senior who is redshirting, broke a stadium record with the fourth-longest discus throw in the world this year, of 212 feet, 3 inches (64.69 meters).
Cranny, a junior, ran 4 minutes, 11.46 seconds for the fastest U.S. outdoor 1,500, finishing just ahead of freshman teammate Christina Aragon, whose 4:13.43 is the seventh-fastest by an American this year.
Allman, the two-time Pac-12 champ defeated Florida State’s Jamaican Olympian Kellion Knibb, who set a personal best of 202-1 (61.59m) in a dual of two of the top three placers at last year’s NCAA Championships. Allman took down the stadium record of 211-5 (64.44m) set at the 2002 U.S. Championships by Kris Kuehl. However, the Stanford all-comers record remains, barely, at 212-6 (64.77m) by Arizona’s Meg Ritchie in 1981 at Stanford Stadium.
Allman and Cranny, who come from neighboring towns in Colorado, celebrated by attending Stanford’s senior prom in San Francisco.
In her first year under new Stanford throws coach Zeb Sion, Allman set her third personal record four discus competitions, shattering her week-old best of 205-6 (62.64m) and improving upon her 2016 personal best by more than 10 feet.
Following Knibb’s top throw, in the third round, Allman immediately replied by unleashing her top throw.
Cranny, the reigning Pac-12 1,500 champion, followed the pacing of teammate Malika Waschmann for 1,000 meters before Waschmann stepped off the track. Cranny ran alone the rest of the way, with Aragon moving up on the final lap to within shouting distance.
Aragon’s time was the second-fastest ever for a Stanford freshman, just ahead of Cranny’s 4:14.05 from 2015, and places her No. 7 on Stanford’s all-time performers’ list. Cranny holds the No. 1 spot by virtue of her school record of 4:09.54 set last year while finishing second at the NCAA Championships.
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David Kiefer
Stanford Athletics Communications
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