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EUGENE from The Oregonian -- One year ago at the Prefontaine Classic, Ryan Crouser wasn't sure where his pro track career was headed. How times change. The former Barlow High School star arrived at Hayward Field for Saturday's Pre Classic shot put competition owning a Rio Olympics gold medal, the Olympic record and a contract with Nike. He left with a victory after throwing 73 feet, 7 1/4 inches on his fifth throw, easily beating fellow Rio medalists Tom Walsh of New Zealand (71-2 3/4) and Joe Kovacs of the U.S. (70-4 1/4). "Big, big difference from last year to this year," he said. Crouser was so uncertain about his prospects in professional track and field at this time last year that he'd arranged a tryout with the Indianapolis Colts in case he didn't make the U.S. Olympic team. "I think I could have been decent," he said. The Colts wanted to see whether Crouser could transition to a defensive end despite last playing football as a Barlow freshman, and Crouser figured he had nothing to lose. After a decorated, but at times injury-filled, career at Texas, he had no sponsor. "I didn't have the results I was really hoping for," he said. "But I had put the work in. I knew somewhere it was there, deep down, but it was just frustrating not being able to find it." Crouser won the Olympic trials in July with a lifetime best, then reset that best in August in Rio when he broke an 18-year-old Olympic-record with his throw of 73-10 3/4. His winning throw Saturday was the second-longest in the world this year, and he'd already thrown the third, fourth and fifth-longest, too. The biggest change since winning gold, he said, was getting more requests for autographs and his time. He's busier. And no longer thinking about the NFL. What hasn't changed, he said, is his approach to throwing. "It has hardly settled in that I'm olympic champion because everything day to day is still the same," he said. "Still the same training regimen. That's the funny thing. You set that (gold medal) as your goal for the whole year. You wake up the next morning, you're still the same person."
Allman #4 World Ranking!
From Palo Alto Online - Valarie Allman established the best American mark of the year in her event at the Cardinal Classic at Cobb Track and Angell Field on Saturday. Allman, a senior who is redshirting, broke a stadium record with the fourth-longest discus throw in the world this year, of 212 feet, 3 inches (64.69 meters). Allman, the two-time Pac-12 champ defeated Florida State’s Jamaican Olympian Kellion Knibb, who set a personal best of 202-1 (61.59m) in a dual of two of the top three placers at last year’s NCAA Championships. Allman took down the stadium record of 211-5 (64.44m) set at the 2002 U.S. Championships by Kris Kuehl. However, the Stanford all-comers record remains, barely, at 212-6 (64.77m) by Arizona’s Meg Ritchie in 1981 at Stanford Stadium. In her first year under new Stanford throws coach Zeb Sion, Allman set her third personal record four discus competitions, shattering her week-old best of 205-6 (62.64m) and improving upon her 2016 personal best by more than 10 feet.
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