Stanford women sweep Pac-12 honors in track and field


Stanford swept the Pac-12 Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors after Olivia Baker and Valarie Allman were recognized for their performances at the Payton Jordan Invitational on Sunday.

Baker, a sophomore halfmiler from Maplewood, N.J., earned Track Athlete of the Week and Allman, a junior discus thrower from Longmont, Colo., earned Field Athlete of the Week honors for the fourth time this season.

Baker took the collegiate lead in the 800 with a time of 2:01.02 while also dipping under the Olympic standard of 2:01.50. The time is the sixth-fastest outdoors in the world this year and fourth among Americans.

Baker was fourth and the top collegian against a collection of top open runners while improving upon her lifetime best by nearly three seconds. Baker strengthens her spot at No. 4 at Stanford all-time while debuting at No. 9 on the all-time Pac-12 list.

Allman, a first-team All-America last year, set a lifetime best in the discus for the third time this season and the second consecutive meet -- a 2 1/2-foot improvement to 193-5. It is the 10th-farthest among Americans this year and No. 7 on the yearly collegiate list.

The throw strengthened her spot at No. 2 all-time at Stanford and closes Allman to within two inches of the Pac-12 all-time Top-10 list. The throw got her the victory at Payton Jordan. She also was seventh in the hammer at 190-7.


Stanford junior catcher Alex Dunlap was named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list on Wednesday morning. The award is given annually to the nation's top collegiate catcher.

Dunlap has started 27 games this season and 24 at catcher, and has played in 36 games in all -- he missed several games with an injury and was used solely as a pinch hitter in that time. He leads the team in batting average (.318), slugging percentage (.459) and on-base percentage (.418). Entering the week, he also had the second-highest on-base percentage (.500) in Pac-12 play, and has yet to commit an error this season for the nation's top defensive team.


Top-ranked Stanford lightweight rowing won all three of its races this past weekend at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on Lake Natoma in Gold River.

The Cardinal's top boat captured the varsity eight/open Grand FInal by open water on Sunday with a time of 6:45.8. San Diego State placed second with a time of 6:57.1, with Sacramento State (7:02.5) finishing third.

Stanford won the second varsity eight/open Grand Final by a couple seats over Sacramento State. The Cardinal completed the course in 6:57.0, just over a second a head of the Hornets (6:58.7).

The Cardinal also captured the novice eight/open weight Grand Final by open water with a time of 7:05.9, finishing 11 seconds ahead of second-place San Diego.

Stanford will return to Gold River on May 14 to compete in the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships.

— Stanford Athletics

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Posted by dennis
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on May 5, 2016 at 5:45 pm

Kudos to all the fine Stanford athletes and their fantastic performances. We here in Palo Alto have the best sports department in the world of college athletics and they deserves the very highest of accolades. Go Stanford!

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