Silver Creek’s Valarie Allman, throwing here at the state track meet last month, was named the Gatorade Colorado girls track and field athlete of the
Silver Creek's Valarie Allman, throwing here at the state track meet last month, was named the Gatorade Colorado girls track and field athlete of the year after breaking an 18-year-old state record in the discus. (Greg Lindstrom/Times-Call)

LONGMONT -- Silver Creek thrower Valarie Allman's list of accomplishments is mounting steadily as her prep career progresses.

Allman, the all-classification Colorado discus record-holder, can now add Gatorade Colorado Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year to her list.

"I think it's totally a group effort," said Allman, who shattered the Colorado discus record with a 164-foot effort on her final throw at last month's state meet. "So many people put their time and effort into this and I appreciate everything my coaches and teachers have done to accomplish this."

Recognized nearly ad nauseam for her accomplishments on the track, Allman was happy to win an award that also recognizes her 4.00 GPA in the classroom and work with the Silver Creek student senate.

"I think it says a lot about Gatorade and ESPN for creating an award that balances athletic achievement with scholastics and community involvement," said Allman, who was driving across the Southeast visiting colleges on Wednesday. "It means a lot to me to be able to represent my high school and the track and field programs in the state of Colorado. It's really humbling."

Despite her rigorous training schedule, Allman also finds time to work with Silver Creek's peer-leadership initiatives and volunteer with a local senior center, the Humane Society, food drives and a long list of other community-service initiatives.

Last weekend, Allman threw 167 feet and placed sixth at the 2012 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships, four feet away from qualifying for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

With the senior season chapter of her story yet unwritten, Allman ranks among the top junior athletes in the nation. As for Silver Creek High School, she is the first athlete to win the Gatorade Colorado Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Raptors head track coach Barbara Keith said Allman, whose attitude endears her even to opposing coaches, deserves every accolade she has been given, especially the most recent.

"When I look back at the things that have happened for Valarie this year, she's just had a great year," Keith said. "Her hard worked paid off. If you work hard in track and field and in your personal life, you're gonna reap the rewards down the line. This award is just a piece of how her work will pay of for her."

Keith also said Allman's throwing coach Brian Gunnarson deserves much of the credit for aiding her progression.

"You put a good coach with a hard-working athlete, you're going to have something special come out of it," Keith said.

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