Stanford sophomore Valarie Allman needed one throw Thursday in the women's discus to qualify for Friday's final in the event at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships, being held at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Incoming Stanford freshman Olivia Baker won her heat of the women's 400 semifinal to reach Friday's final but recent Menlo School grad Maddy Price just missed making the cut by .12 of a second.
Allman, the U.S. junior champion in the women's discus, hit the automatic qualifying standard on her first attempt in the event, throwing 171-9 to move on to the final.
"It was really nice to be able to come out and on the first throw, hit all fire," said Allman, who is the current national youth leader in the discus. "It definitely just set a good tone going into tomorrow, so I'm excited about that."
(A full interview with Allman can be found here).
Baker recorded the third-fastest time of the 400 semifinal, finishing in 53.08.
"It felt good," Baker said. "I executed the race the way always do. I got out well and just finished."
Price, competing for Canada, finished third in her heat in a time of 54.06. Australia's Suzanne Walli ran a personal best 53.94 to grab the final spot.
Price's teammate Christian Brennan reached the final with a 53.81.
(An interview with Price, conducted following her race on Wednesday, can be found here).
Baker earned the silver medal in the 400 at last year's world youth championships and was part of the gold medal medley relay team.
There were 14 athletes from Team USA, including Allman, who advanced to either the semifinal or final round during Thursday's morning session.
NOTE: Another Maddy Price interview is available here.
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