Stanford graduate Valarie Allman is a USA discus champion.
Allman won the USATF national title in the women’s discus on Thursday. She threw 208 feet, 6 inches (63.55 meters) to win by 8 feet.
Allman finished second in the Pac-12 championships and third at the NCAA championships in the women’s discus. Her NCAA throw of 194-3 was well off her year’s best (to that date) of 206-1 ½ (62.83m). That effort was also the best by an American women this year, entering June. By rebounding at the USATF meet this week, she also set new highs for 2018.
Because the USATF championships are considered an extension of the collegiate season, her effort this week also stands as a Stanford school record. The 208-6 throw eclipses the mark held by Carol Cady (207-8) since 1983. Allman holds two school records: discus and 20-pound weight throw.
Cady’s record was the oldest mark in the Cardinal women’s track and field record book. That distinction now falls to Lisa Bernhagen’s high jump mark of 6-2 that has stood since 1987.
Cady’s record had been on borrowed time, however. Allman shattered it in April of 2017 at the Cardinal Classic with a throw of 212-3 — her personal best and the 12th-best by an American woman all-time. However, because Allman redshirted the 2017 NCAA outdoor season in order to focus on international competition, that effort did not count as a school record.