Allman runner-up in discus at world junior track and field

Valarie Allman placed second in the discus and Olivia Baker was third in the 400 meters, giving Stanford women's track and field a pair of top-three finishes at the IAAF World Junior Championships on Friday night at Hayward Field in Eugene for athletes 19 and under.

Allman, the U.S. junior champion and a rising sophomore, unleashed a throw of 186 feet, 2 inches on her first attempt, which stood as the best of her six. Brazil's Izabela Da Silva captured the title with a distance of 190-4.

"It's pretty incredible," Allman said. "Here at Hayward, everybody knows what's going on and they know what you've been doing. When I got up to throw, people were cheering and clapping. That's crazy for the discus."

Baker, an incoming freshman, ran 53.00, with U.S. teammate Kendall Baisden winning in 51.85 and Cuba's Gilda Casanova second (52.59).

"I got out the way I wanted," Baker said. "I came off the turn and finished as hard as I could."

Baker will shoot for another medal in the 1,600 relay, which begins with a first-round heat Saturday.

"I think our 4 by 4 is really strong this year," she said. "Everyone is running real fast times. Any one of them could have been in the open 400, so I'm confident."

Two Stanford incoming freshmen advanced to the finals of the women's 1,500. Elise Cranny ran 4:15.21 to earn the fourth and final automatic qualifying spot from the second section. Australia's Anna Laman advanced on time, in 4:18.89.

"I just wanted to make the finals," Cranny said. "I was glad to finish in the top four so I didn't have to worry."

Overall, Cranny had the fourth-fastest time and Laman the 12th. They will compete in the final on Sunday at 3:55 p.m.

"I'd like to PR," Cranny said. "There are a lot of really fast people, so I'm looking for a PR."

Cranny called her race a little bit stressful.

"The whole race was very packed," she said. "There was a lot of pushing. I tried to stay relaxed and hold my ground."

— David Kiefer/Stanford Athletics


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