Scranton sets Empire discus record at state track meet

(Photo by Crista Jeremiason/ The Press Democrat)

June 6, 2015, 10:07PM: As provided yesterday in the Press Democrat by Kerry Benefield:

CLOVIS — With a monster toss, Allison Scranton left her mark on the Redwood Empire record books Saturday, besting the area discus record by more than four feet.

Then she did it again. This time, she topped her minutes-old record by another 11 inches.

“Once my first one was a (personal record), I was just like, ‘This is the best day ever and it can only go up from here,’ and it did,” she said.

And Scranton did it on high school track’s biggest stage.

The Petaluma High senior took fourth place at the CIF State Track & Field Championship in Clovis, surrounded by stellar competitors.

“The girl behind me who got fifth, got second last year,” Scranton said.

The winning toss was a Herculean 161 feet, 9 inches. Scranton’s best throw on the day was 149 feet, 4 inches.

But she’ll take it. And she’ll take the state medal that goes with it. And she’ll take the honor of being the greatest discus thrower in Empire history.

“It is really cool to be a part of this. There are so many amazing athletes here,” she said.

Scranton, who finished sixth at state last year, almost didn’t make it to the finals. An admittedly abysmal preliminary round Friday earned her a seventh seed coming into Saturday’s finals despite being well below her best effort.

To read more go to the Press Democrat: Scranton sets Empire discus record at state track | The Press Democrat

Here is a short video of her talking about breaking the record and breaking her personal record.

Here is a video of her making it through the finals.

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