Stanford's Allman places sixth in the women's discus


Stanford's Valarie Allman placed sixth in the women's discus Saturday at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

Allman had a best of 193-8 on her fifth throw. Whitney Ashley took first at 204-2. Third place and the final spot on the U.S. Olympic team was 197-3.

This Hayward Field ring has been good to Allman, who was third at the NCAA championships there on June 11 when she set three lifetime bests in a single competition, culminating in a top throw of 201-6.

This is her fourth U.S. championships appearance, finishing 15th, 12th, and 10th, in chronological order over the past three years.

Olivia Baker placed fourth in her heat of the women's 800 semifinal with a time of 2:01.87. But that mark put her 10th overall with the top eight advancing to Sunday's final.

Stanford's Harrison Williams is in eighth place with a score of 4,144 at the end of the first day of the decathlon. World record holder Ashton Eaton is in first place with 4,560.

"The goal here is to get in the top three. I don't care about the score," Eaton said. "My fitness is coming back after injuring my quad in May. The quad didn't bother me, but I did have a problem with my hamstring. I guess that's what happens when you're a 28-year-old decathlete."

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