Megan Glasmann enters Stanford this fall with quite a few achievements filed away in her sports resume, none as big as what she accomplished Friday.
Glasmann won the women's javelin title in the junior division of the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, with a personal-best mark of 166-7. It was pretty good for someone who never hit 160 feet before doing it three times at the top U.S. meet of the year.
"It was an amazing experience for me," said Glasmann, who owns the Utah state javelin high school record with a 156-3. "I definitely was not coming in as the top thrower in this event, but I had it in mind that I wanted to come out here and win this event. It means a whole lot to me."
Elsewhere, Stanford sophomore-to-be Claudia Saunders was second in the junior women's 800 at Drake Stadium and Stanford sophomore-to-be Amy Weissenbach set a collegiate freshman record in her semifinal heat in the senior meet.
Weissenbach entered the meet with the 16th-best mark in the 33-runner field and qualified 15th of 16 for the semifinals.
Weissenbach, who turned 19 on Sunday, blazed to a time of 2:00.98 to capture fourth for her heat's final qualifying spot in the final meters.
The time was a personal record, breaking the 2:02.04 that set a national record against high school-only competition during her junior year at Harvard-Westlake.
It also broke Justine Fedronic's two-week old Stanford record of 2:01.67 set in finishing third at the NCAA Championships, with Weissenbach sixth in the same race.
The difference between Weissenbach and second-place finisher Alysia Montano was .84 of a second. Brenda Martinez won the race in 1:59.84.
Weissenbach, who turned 19 on Sunday, broke the existing mark of 2:01.6 by Madeline Manning of Tennessee State in 1967.
Weissenbach also moves to No. 5 on the all-time American Junior list, with Ajee Wilson running the No. 4 time of 2:00.91 in the same heat.
In the junior men's 1,500, Stanford sophomore-to-be Justin Brinkley recorded the fastest qualifying time for the final with a 3:49.90. Incoming freshman Sean McGorty was second in 3:51.16 and Cardinal Will Drinkwater finished seventh in 3:54,86. All three will race in the final.
Stanford's Kevin Bishop, who ran in Thursday's 5,000, did not finish the 1,500.
Glasmann, who signed with Stanford in February, is no ordinary student-athlete. She lists "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" as her favorite book and Jimi Hendrix among her favorite musicians.
Robert M. Pirsig's book first hit the shelves in 1974 and Hendrix died in 1970.
She's also interested in, perhaps, pursuing a degree in psychology and/or anthropology, before heading to law school.
Duke also pursued the budding athletic and scholar star.
"Overall, Stanford just has everything," Glasmann told the Park City Record. "You look at how amazing their programs are, how amazing their athletics are. Duke has a beautiful campus, but Stanford has that and so much more."
At Stanford, Glasmann will join two-time Pac-12 champion and first-team All-America Brianna Bain, who finished sixth in the senior javelin competition on Thursday, and associate head coach Michelle Eisenreich.
"I'm looking forward to a team that has a bunch of great throwers and an incredible coach," Glasmann said. "The coach was actually at the London Olympics this past summer coaching one of her former collegiate athletes, so it will be fun to have a coach who knows what she's doing."
Not that she had an inferior coach growing up. Megan's mother, the former Niki Nye, was a javelin All-American at Texas and continues to hold the school record there.
"My mom was first at Weber State and then transferred to Texas," Glasmann said. "She was the alternate for the 1988 Olympics. Growing up with a coach who's my mom and my inspiration and with my dad in the stands watching, it's always been a family event."
Her sister, Chrissy, who will be a junior at Park City High, placed second with a throw 31 feet shorter when Megan set the Utah state mark.
At the USA junior meet, second place finisher Christine Kickort threw the javelin 154-1.
Saunders set a personal record of 2:06.46, the fifth-fastest time ever among Stanford freshmen, in finishing just short in a duel with Baylor's Olicia Williams. As they rounded the final turn, Saunders and Williams turned a four-runner race into two-runner sprint to the finish.
Williams held off Saunders' charge to win in 2:06.35, but the race showed the continued improvement of Saunders, in her first season in the 800 after winning an Ohio state high school title in the 100 hurdles.
Saunders and Glasmann qualified to represent the U.S. at the Pan Am Junior Championships Aug. 23-25 in Medellin, Colombia.
The top two U.S. junior finishers who have achieved the IAAF junior standard earn the right to compete in the 19-and-under competition for the best in the Western Hemisphere. Stanford recruit Dylan Duvio, who was second in the men's pole vault Thursday, also qualified.