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Track & field: Silver Creek’s Allman shatters BoCo discus record

Lyons' Nola Basey clears the bar in the high jump, one of two events she won on Saturday at the Boulder County Track and Field Championships.
David R Jennings
Lyons’ Nola Basey clears the bar in the high jump, one of two events she won on Saturday at the Boulder County Track and Field Championships.


BROOMFIELD — Of the 19 track and field events featured in the girls division at the annual Boulder County Track and Field Championships, 13 boast records that have been set some time since 2000.

Of the other six events, five records still stand from marks that were posted during the 1990’s. The lone holdout, the discus, has always been an anomaly in that the record mark in that event has been standing since 1977, when the very first BoCo meet was held.

After all these years, Valarie Allman has re-written history. The junior from Silver Creek obliterated the 35-year old mark on Saturday, recording a winning throw of 152 feet, 6 inches. Former Centaurus athlete Vicki Powell held the previous longstanding meet record at 142-10.

“I think my mentality today was to just take it a throw at a time,” said Allman, who also won the shot put. “I was very happy going over 150 twice. It’s definitely very exciting. Just getting in the ring, I was very enthusiastic about progressing from last week.”

Allman’s effort highlighted a thrilling day that also saw the Niwot girls squad collect its third consecutive title in the BoCo team standings, outscoring runner-up Monarch 104-82.75.

The Cougars received two individual victories from Elise Cranny, who won the 1,600-meter run and the 800, while also collecting victories in the sprint medley and the 800 relay.

“Finally all the hard work we put in at the beginning of the season is paying off,” said Cranny, who ran the anchor leg on the Cougars’ victorious sprint medley team. “I was really motivated because we were trying to win it again on the girls side. You run with more of a purpose when you’re running for your team, and trying to score points for your team. I was a little faster than last week, so it’s always nice to keep improving.”

Lyons athlete Nola Basey was one of the other stars of the annual extravaganza, earning the girls’ most valuable athlete award after posting a pair of victories as well as two other top-three finishes.

Basey captured titles in the high jump and the triple jump, posting a winning mark of 35-083/4 in the triple jump and a 5-3 in the high jump. Basey, who could be seen collecting medals in one event only to rush over to compete in another, also finished second in the long jump.

“You do run around a lot, but when you get to the event you just stop and focus and hope it works for you,” Basey said. “I’m hoping this helps met get ready for state. I know I’m from a small school, and it’s nice to be able to go out there and compete against the big schools.”

Other area highlights included:

Skyline junior Deandra Elcock collected a pair of first-place medals for the Falcons, winning the long jump (16-101/4) and the 100 hurdles (15.62).

The boys and girls teams from Lyons each captured the meet’s Bob Charles award, which measures the points a team scores in relation to the size of the school. It was the 12th time in the past 13 years the Lions’ girls team has won the honor.

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