Graduates shine on the runway

Stanford Athletics The alumni have had plenty of success in 2022, headlining Valarie Allman’s bronze medal in women’s discus at the World Championships and Grant Fisher’s four American records.

In all, Cardinal alumni broke seven US records and won three US titles. Eight have participated in the world championships.

Below is a summary of 2022 accomplishments and news from Stanford athletics alumni:

Valarie Allman ’17
Allman broke his own American discus record, throwing 234-5 (71.46 meters) in La Jolla, Calif., on April 8. It was the longest throw in the world since 1992 and placed her at the 15th list of world performers. She is the only non-European in the top 50. Allman won the U.S. title for the fourth straight time, then took bronze at the world championships in Eugene. She won four of the five Diamond League encounters she appeared in and finished with her second consecutive Diamond League trophy in that event.

Olivia Baker ’18
Fifth at the US Championships, Baker had a breakthrough year. She has set personal bests in the 800m four times and has run under-2 nine times, although she has never done so before this year. Her best time of 1:58.05 ranks her 11th in the world this year.

Olivia Baker. Photo by Kirby Lee/Sports Image.

Maddy Berkson’18
Berkson placed 22nd overall in the 1,500m at the US Championships. She set a personal best in this distance of 4:10.65 at the Music City Track Carnival in Nashville, placing her 44th on the American list of the year.

Elise Cranny ’18
Cranny broke the American record for the 5,000 m indoor clocking 14:33.17 in Boston on February 11. It was the prelude to an exceptional year. Cranny won her second consecutive 5000 m outdoor title in the United States and placed ninth in the event at the World Championships. Cranny nearly broke the U.S. outdoor record in the 10,000 m, with his 30:14.66 ranking No. 2 in U.S. history. She also ran her first under-4 1,500 and did it twice.

Elise Cranny

Elise Cranny. Photo by Kirby Lee/Sports Image.

Chris Derrick ’12
Derrick, a three-time U.S. cross-country champion, announced his retirement from professional racing in August.

Tai Dinger ’18
Dinger set a personal best of 28:19.79 in the 10,000m. He placed 16th in the event at the US Championships.

Ella Donagu ’20
Donaghu was part of the Nike Union Athletics Club team that set an indoor world record in the distance medley relay. His first run of 1,200 meters in 3:16.02 put the team on course for a 10:39.91. Donaghu placed 11th in the 5000m final at the U.S. Outdoor Championships and 11th in the 1500m at the U.S. Indoor Championships. Donaghu set a number of personal bests including an indoor mile of 4:30.27, 5,000 outdoor of 15:24, 66 and 1,500 outdoor of 4:09.10.

Malindi Elmore ’02
Elmore placed 11th in the Boston Marathon in 2:27:58.

Steven Fahy ’18
Fahy, largely sidelined by injury since his 2019 NCAA steeplechase championship, is part of Puma’s elite racing group.

Grant Fisher

Grant Fisher. Photo by Kirby Lee/Sports Image.

Grant Fisher 2019
The most accomplished American distance runner in decades, Grant Fisher broke four American records in 2022 and is the first to simultaneously hold American records in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 since Steve Prefontaine in the 1970s. the American record in the 5,000 meters outdoors, placing second at the Van Damme Diamond League meet in 12:46.96 on September 2. Bernard Lagat’s record of 12:53.60 stood for 11 years. Fisher’s other US records were in the 5,000 indoors (12:53.73) in Boston on Feb. 12, the 10,000 outdoors (26:33.84) in San Juan Capistrano on March 6, and the 3,000 in the open air (7:28.48) in Monaco August 10. Fisher placed fourth in the 10,000m – tying the United States’ highest result in that event – and sixth in the 5,000m at the World Championships. world in Eugene. Earlier, he won the US title in the 5,000m and finished second in the 10,000m.

Vanessa Fraser ’17
Winning the Payton Jordan Invitational 5000 was one of the accomplishments of the season for Fraser, who placed 21st at the U.S. Championships over the same distance.

Sara Bei Hall ’05
Hall placed fifth in the marathon at the World Championships, with a time of 2:22:10. On January 16, Hall broke the U.S. half marathon record at the Houston Half Marathon, finishing in 1:07:15 (since broken) to lower the previous record by 10 seconds.

Sara Room

Sarah room. Photo by Kirby Lee/Sports Image.

Garret Heath ’08
Heath, a track and cross-country pro, moved to the trails in 2022 and won his first race, at the Canyons 25K in Auburn, Calif.

Megan Lacy ’16
Lacy finished 13th at the U.S. 15-Kilometer Road Race Championships in Jacksonville, clocking 52:57.

Mackenzie Little ’19
Little, an Australian, threw a personal best 210-10 (64.27) to win silver in the javelin at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. The distance placed her at No. 11 on the World’s Year List. The Commonwealth result followed fifth place at the World Championships and first at the Oceania Championships.

Sean McGorty ’17
McGorty represented the United States at the NACAC (North and Central America and Caribbean) Championships in the Bahamas and won the 10,000m. McGorty finished 12th in the 10,000m at the World Championships and third at the US Championships in that event and sixth in the 5,000m. His personal best of 27:18.15 over 10,000m ranked him No. 2 in the United States behind Fisher this year.

Jessica Tonn McLain ’14
McLain made his marathon debut by winning the Mesa, Arizona, marathon in 2:33:35.

Rebecca Mehra ’16
Mehra placed 21st overall in the 1500 m at the US Championships. Among her results was a season best 4:08.59 in the 1,500 m in Nashville to place her at No. 28 on the list of American Entertainers of the Year.

Fiona O’Keeffe ’20
Running for the United States, O’Keeffe won silver in the 5000m at the NACAC Championships. She ran personal bests of 15:05.56 for 5,000 and 1:07:42 in the half marathon, placing fourth in Houston. It was the fastest ever record-breaking half marathon by an American woman and placed her at No. 5 on the all-time American list.

Thomas Ratcliffe ’20
Ratcliffe of the Bowerman Track Club placed seventh in the 5,000 at the US championships with a personal best 13:17.48. He also set a PB in the 1,500m, running 3:37.93 in Portland for No. 31 on the USA list of the year.

Jacob Riley ’11
Riley, a 2020 Olympic marathoner, placed 34th in the Boston Marathon.

Claudia Saunders ’16
Saunders clocked a time of 2:02.91 in the 800m outdoors in Nashville and a time of 4:33.35 miles indoors at the New York Armory.

Steve Solomon ’16
Running for Australia, Solomon placed seventh in the 400m at the Commonwealth Games – his highest international ranking. He also finished 36th overall at the World Championships. Solomon, a six-time national champion, is a veteran of six Australian national teams at the Olympics or World Championships and has competed at three Commonwealth Games. His season best was 45.28.

Katerina Stefanidi

Katerina Stefanidi. Photo by Kirby Lee/Sports Image.

Katerina Stefanidi ’12
A former world and Olympic pole vault champion for Greece, Stefanidi finished fifth at the World Championships and second at the European Championships with a season best of 15-7 (4.75m). This mark placed her at No. 6 on the list of world seasons.

Sophie Chase Watts ’17
The former Cardinal runner is a professional triathlete who made the transition from Olympic distance to endurance in 2022, winning the Clash Endurance Watkins Glen race in July.

Harrison Williams ’18
Williams, a decathlete, did not compete in 2022 due to injury, but he trains at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

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