Stanford's Allman, Baker advance at U.S. Olympic Trials


Two Stanford track and field athletes -- Valerie Allman and Olivia Baker -- advanced through the preliminary round Friday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

Allman had the seventh-best mark in the women's discus at 191-9 to advance to the finals. The top 12 advanced.

Olivia Baker
Whitney Ashley had the top qualifying mark at 200-8. High school standout Elena Bruckner of Valley Christian in San Jose placed 16th at 179-3.

Baker was clocked in 2:03.68 in the women's 800 to advance to the semifinals. She was the 16th and final qualifier.

"I felt like I closed pretty well," Baker said. "Earlier this season I had trouble re-positioning from 500 to 600 meters. But I felt around 575ish today, I just made a definitive move to put myself in second and in position to close really hard in the last 100."

Molly Ludlow had the fastest qualifying time at 2:00.30, followed by former Cal runner Alysia Montano (2:00.56).

"The first round is always kind of iffy, but I felt pretty good," Ludlow said. "I'm happy with the win and to get the rust off my legs.

Two finals were contested Friday -- the men's shot put and the men's 10,000. Former Stanford runner Chris Derrick placed fifth in the 10,000 in 28:47.24. Brendan Gregg (28:56.23) was eighth and Jacob Riley (29:06.98) was 12th. Galen Rupp ran away to take first place in a time of 27:55.04.

In the women's discus, Summer Pierson (173-10), who was been described by Allman as "a mentor," placed 20th and did not advance.

The top three finishers advance as the U.S. representatives to the Olympic Games.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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