Signing day: Discus thrower Allman signs with Stanford to highlight Silver Creek ceremony

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    Silver Creek discus thrower Valarie Allman, right, signs her national letter of intent to Stanford University on Wednesday morning. To her right, from right to left, are golfer Jack Adolfson (Claremont McKenna), softball player McKenna Kostelecky (Florida State College) and soccer player Austin Rankin (South Dakota School of Mines).

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    Silver Creek football players Trey Fleming, right, and Anthony Emberley, second from right, sign their national letters of intent on Wednesday. Fleming will play at Black Hills State in South Dakota, while Emberley will play at Colorado School of Mines.

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LONGMONT — So you’re a discus thrower who’s already broken the state record, been named the state’s prep track and field athlete of the year, and signed a national letter of intent to compete for one of the nation’s top athletic and academic institutions.

What’s left to accomplish in your senior year?

Silver Creek’s Valarie Allman, eloquent as she is, becomes reserved when asked to put a number on a distance goal she’s set for herself this spring. But in talking with her, one gets the notion that she’s definitely got big things in store for her last tour of Colorado’s discus rings.

Allman couldn’t stop gushing smiles on Wednesday after signing her national letter of intent and making her commitment to Stanford official.

Wednesday marked the first day of the signing period for football, track, cross country and soccer. Ten Raptors in all from various sports signed or celebrated previous signings for other sports.

“It feels like a dream come true, and I can’t believe that today is actually here,” Allman said. “I feel like it’s a day to share with everyone across the country.

Make no mistake. Allman’s game face will be back in full effect when spring practice officially begins on Feb. 25.

Allman is coming off of a junior season in which she shattered Colorado’s 18-year-old state record in the discus by nearly four feet, notching a toss of 164 feet on her final throw at last May’s state meet.

So what’s left for an encore?

Allman isn’t saying. But she did throw 167 feet in competition over the summer, and she said she’s hit the high 180s in offseason training since.

“I’m definitely very excited,” said Allman, who chose Stanford over Duke, Oregon, Arizona State and Wake Forest. “I think for me the biggest thing is going to be taking it one meet at a time and staying grounded. Coach (Brian) Gunnarson, who is the throws coach at Silver Creek, has been absolutely incredible. … I’m just going to listen to his guidance and take it one meet at a time.”

Allman was surrounded by plenty of classmates in the SCHS gym Wednesday. As the school’s athletic traditions have grown since its opening in 2001, so too have days like Wednesday.

Trey Fleming, the Times-Call football player of the year last fall, signed with Division-II Black Hills State, while Anthony Emberley also represented the Raptors’ state championship football team by signing with Colorado School of Mines.

Austin Rankin, who gave up his position near the front of the boys soccer team’s attack to help shore up the defense for a playoff run last fall, made letter of intent day a family tradition by signing with D-II South Dakota School of Mines. His brother Ryan, a former SCHS receiver, signed to play football at Nebraska-Kearney last year (though he’s since transferred to Colorado Mesa).

Softball players Shelby Keil (South Dakota), Macy Child (Western Nebraska CC), McKenna Kostelecky (Florida State College) and Ashley Beavers (Dodge City CC) celebrated previous signings, as did lacrosse player Sarah Cousins. Golfer Jack Adolfson, who helped lead the golf team to the 2011 state title, will sign with Claremont McKenna in California in April, but was also celebrating Wednesday.

“It’s great,” Fleming said. “I’m proud of all of my classmates. It’s going to be great to see where everyone goes and what happens.”

For Fleming and Emberley, the day officially made the two teammates — and close friends since first grade — rivals on the football field as both head into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Fleming will play receiver, while Emberley is slated as a probable defensive back.

“It’s going to be different playing on a different side of the field than him, but I think it will be fun,” Fleming said.

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