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Allman sets Stanford record at MPSF indoor track and field

 

Valarie Allman reached 62 feet,8 1/2 inches in the 20-pound weight throw to set a Stanford record on the first day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor track and field championships Friday at University of Washington.

Allman took up the weight throw this year and has improved in each of her three meets, culminating with her toss that catapulted her over record-holder Jessica Pluth (61-11, 2003) and Maureen Onyeagbako (61-7, 2001) from third to first on Stanford's all-time indoor performers' list.


Valarie Allman
Allman, a junior, placed fifth in the competition to complete her first indoor season. Overall, Stanford did not earn or strengthen any possible NCAA qualification marks, though that may change Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Cardinal got a runner-up finish in the women's distance medley relay (Maddy Berkson, Claudia Saunders, Malika Waschmann, Molly McNamara) and a third from Garrett Starkey (personal record 17-3 3/4) in the men's pole vault as the team's top placers.

Stanford's men stand in fifth with 20 ½ points and the Cardinal women are eighth with 14 3/4 .

Allman, who was fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the discus last year, actually broke the school record twice. She went 62-2 ¼ on her second attempt and exceeded that on her fifth.

"Last year, I never even thought I would be throwing weight and now, to be sharing the honor with  Jessica Pluth is so exciting," Allman said. "Going into the indoor season, coach (Michelle) Eisenreich was incredibly thoughtful and intentional with coming up with a plan for using the weight throw as a training tool for hammer.

"The overweight implement has definitely given me a better feel for the technique and footwork. My first indoor season has taught me a lot of valuable lessons and I can't wait to keep the momentum going forward this outdoor season with my teammates."

This is the fourth school record Stanford athletes have broken this indoor season, following Darian Brooks in the men's triple jump (52-9 ¼), the men's distance medley relay team (9:27.27) and the women's 4x400 relay (3:33.78).

Men's volleyball

For the second straight night, the third-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team posted a sweep in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation player, topping No. 13 UC Irvine, 25-16, 25-16, 27-25, at the Bren Events Center.

Stanford (14-2, 12-2 MPSF), which has now won a season-high seven straight matches, hit .275 as a team, while holding UC Irvine (4-11, 3-10 MPSF) to a .137 clip. The Cardinal held a 36-21 advantage in digs and a 7-3 edge in service aces.

Senior setter James Shaw turned in his second double-double of the season with 26 assists and 10 digs. Redshirt sophomore Kevin Rakestraw led the team with eight kills on .385 hitting to go with five blocks and an ace. Redshirt junior opposite Gabriel Vega added seven kills, three digs and two blocks.

Senior Conrad Kaminski tallied six kills on 10 errorless swings and two blocks, while senior Madison Hayden finished with five kills, five digs and four blocks. Freshman Jordan Ewert pitched in with three kills, a career-high nine digs and two aces.

Softball

balanced offensive performance and solid pitching by Haley Snyder propelled Stanford to a 9-3 victory against San Jose State on Friday evening at the Mary Nutter Classic.

Seven Cardinal (6-5) players registered at least one hit to help move the squad to 2-0 on the weekend. Bessie Noll continued her hot start to the year and led Stanford offensively, going 1-for-1 with three RBIs, a double, two runs and two walks.

Victoria Molina provided the power and set the tone for the Cardinal with her second home run of the season - a two run shot to right field. With Stanford trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning, Molina's home run gave Stanford its first lead of the game and the Cardinal never relinquished the advantage for the remainder of the game.

Baseball

A methodical rally fell one run short for the Stanford baseball team in a 4-3 defeat at #23 Texas on Friday night.

Despite an early 4-0 deficit, the Cardinal chipped away and was within 4-3 in the eighth. Senior Austin Barr pinch hit with the bases loaded and two outs, but a ground out ended the inning and Stanford did not threaten in the ninth.

The Cardinal was in the game in the late innings due to a stellar pitching performance from Keith Weisenberg in relief. The sophomore entered in the fourth and held the Longhorns scoreless in the longest outing of his career. He struck out a career-high seven hitters in 4.2 innings.

Weisenberg relieved freshman Tristan Beck, who began the second start of his career where he left off. Last Saturday, he pitched 6.1 shut out innings against #22 Cal State Fullerton and earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week accolades. In Austin, he cruised through the first two innings.

But after 14 scoreless innings to start the series, the Longhorn bats came alive. Texas (3-2) scored four in the third on three hits, a walk, hit batter, an error and passed ball.

Stanford (4-2) responded in the next half inning when sophomore Quinn Brodey led off with a single to left. The ball was misplayed and rolled to the wall, and Brodey scampered to third. Freshman Nico Hoerner brought him home on an RBI groundout.

The Cardinal chipped away again in the sixth with the very definition of a manufactured run. Junior Tommy Edman reached on a strikeout, advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt, went to third on a groundout and scored on an infield single.

In the eighth, junior Mikey Diekroeger doubled into left center to bring home Hoerner from first base, and bring Stanford within one. Junior Alex Dunlap was hit by a pitch and Matt Winaker was intentionally walked to load the bases, but the rally ended there.

Game 3 of this four-game series begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and features a matchup of southpaws. Junior left-hander Chris Castellanos will make his second start for the Cardinal this season and will face Texas left-hander Ty Culbreth.

Men's tennis

A doubles point victory and hard-fought singles play was not enough to hold off No. 13 USC as No. 29 Stanford fell 5-2 Friday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The match started with an intense round of doubles that saw the point come down to Stanford's (5-5) Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz in the No. 1 spot after USC won 6-2 in the No. 3 spot before David Wilczynski and Nolan Paige fired back in the No. 2 spot with a 6-3 win.

Knotted at 4-4, Tom Fawcett stepped up to serve phenomenally as Stanford came up with a huge 6-4 win and the point.

The Trojans (7-2) battled back in singles action with Nick Crystal knotting the score at one all with a quick 6-3, 6-1 win over David Wilczynski in the No. 2 spot. The match then started to take a turn as the Trojans won the first set nearly across the board, until the Cardinal fired back to win the second set in four of the remaining matches to send five matches into a deciding third set.

Sameer Kumar was able to pull off a huge tiebreaker win in the second set only to fall 6-1 to Jake DeVine to give the Trojans the 2-1 lead. USC's Tanner Smith was next, topping Nolan Paige 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in the No. 3 spot to have the Trojans knocking at the door with a 3-1 lead.

Brandon Sutter fell in his first set 6-1, but came back to notch a 7-5 win to push it to three where Thibault Forget added the clinching point with a 6-3 win. Tom Fawcett in the No. 1 spot also suffered his first loss of the dual season as the 65th-ranked Max de Vroome collected a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 win.

The Cardinal closed on a high note though, as Maciek Romanowicz took set one 6-1 before Jack Jaede evened it with a 6-2 win. A tiebreak was in order for the decision which saw Romanowicz emerge with the final win on the night.

The Cardinal returns to action Saturday as it hosts No. 4 UCLA. Match time is set for 1 p.m.

— Stanford Athletics

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