Stanford freshman discus thrower Valarie Allman was named Pac-12 Newcomer/Freshman of the Year for women's track and field, the conference announced Tuesday.
Allman placed second at the Pac-12 Championships and went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships after placing second at the NCAA West Prelims.
Allman was consistent and finished the season as one of two freshmen to qualify for the NCAA Championships, where she finished 21st.
Allman's 187-7, her lifetime best, ranks No. 16 this year among all U.S. throwers, collegians and professionals. She has qualified for the U.S. senior championships June 26-29 in Sacramento, Calif., and also is seeking a spot on the national team for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore., on July 22-27.
Allman, who was a co-valedictorian at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colo., and anticipates a career coordinating community outreach programs, was the 2013 national high school leader with a best of 184-2. It ranked as the sixth-longest throw in national high school history and broke the Colorado state record by 19 feet, 3 inches.