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Alumni corner: Cogdill, Allman win league track & field titles

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Longmont grad Josh Cogdill won the decathlon for CSU at the Mountain West Conference Track & Field Championships.

It was a memorable weekend for a few of the area’s most prominent track and field alums.

While their respective alma maters were collecting medals at the state track and field championships, Josh Cogdill of Colorado State and Valarie Allman of Stanford were busy winning conference titles at the next level.

Cogdill, from Longmont High, won the decathlon at the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships in San Diego, taking the event with a personal-best score of 7,294 points. Cogdill won the discus portion of the competition, and the sophomore’s score was good for the third-best mark in CSU history as well as the fourth-best mark in the history of the MWC outdoor finals.

No slouch in the discus herself, Silver Creek’s Allman became the first winner of the event in Stanford history at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships. Allman claimed gold with a throw of 187 feet, 3 inches.

Allman’s Cardinal teammate, Niwot alum Elise Cranny, finished fourth in a loaded 1,500-meter run field that included reigning NCAA champion Shelby Houlihan of Arizona State. Cranny finished in 4:14.05. The freshman already ranks sixth among Stanford’s all-time leaders in the event.

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