LAKEWOOD--Perhaps nothing describes just how quickly, and how dominantly, Valarie Allman has developed into one of the best prep discus throwers in the nation than the way the Silver Creek senior reacted to her final state appearance on Saturday.
After launching a number of throws that simply were not up to Allman's lofty standards, the Stanford recruit expressed disappointment in all but one of her attempts at Jeffco Stadium. Never mind that the one exception was an absolute beauty of a throw that earned Allman her second consecutive Class 4A crown while breaking her own state meet record.
"It's definitely bittersweet, because I have so much pride getting to represent the state of Colorado and the Longmont area and Silver Creek. I love being able to come here and compete," Allman said. "But I know as an athlete you set these lofty goals for yourself, and I wasn't able to necessarily meet mine. I think just being here with this competition is something I love, and that's what I'm going to remember about today."
While Allman was unable to top her Colorado state record of 183 feet, 3 inches she set earlier this year, the Stanford recruit nonetheless padded her state meet record in her final prep competition.
On her final throw of the preliminary rounds, Allman launched a winning throw of 167-3. That topped the state meet mark of 164 feet Allman set during her victorious effort last year. The best of her three throws in the final round measured at 160-11. After her final throw -- which covered 155-7 and counted as her third-best of the final, though it still would have landed Allman the gold medal -- Allman couldn't help but shed a beaming smile as the sizeable crowd applauded her remarkable high school career.
"This is something that four years ago I never, ever would have expected," Allman said. "Saying that I'm a two-time state champion is something that's going to take a while to get used to. I'm very excited, and with time I'll be even more excited."
Because Stanford is on the quarters system, Allman said she may not report to her new home until possibly September. In the meantime, Allman will begin training almost immediately for a number of national competitions on tap for June.
"We'll celebrate this a little bit, but Monday we'll be back at work," said Brian Gunnarson, Silver Creek's coach for throwing specialists. "She's looking forward to Monday and getting in the weight room. I think that's one of the components that's been missing is the strength-training, because when you go through the season you have to wind that down a little. Especially since we've had meets so close together because of the weather. We really haven't gone after that strength conditioning."
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