All-Empire girls track: Allison Scranton’s success revolves around work ethic

Petaluma's Allison Scranton won the SCL shot put title and also plays basketball for the Trojans. JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat

Petaluma’s Allison Scranton won the SCL shot put title and also plays basketball for the Trojans.
JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat


For Petaluma’s Allison Scranton, the formula to be a great competitor is all in the work ethic.

She arrived early to every practice and finished only when the job was done. For Scranton, her work habits helped send her to the CIF State Track & Field Championships and as a result she is the All-Empire Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

“When you look at your competitor, you always want to be one step ahead of them,” Scranton said. “You always want to be one step ahead of what they expect.”

Arriving early for practice and preparing or stretching before the coach’s initial start time is one way to gain an advantage over a competitor, she said.

“It sets the player apart who can do those things,” she said.

The North Coast Section’s top discus thrower hit 141 feet, 3 inches at the state championships, which was enough for a sixth-place finish and a personal record. Hitting the 141-foot mark opened up many doors for her, she said, and it’s thrilling for her to see what more she can do.

“I have the strength and I have the size, but I don’t have the technique or the finesse to hit the 160,” Scranton said of her new goal. “I’m super excited for 150, 160 (feet) and once I get my technique down, the sky’s the limit.”

Her footwork and her spins are nowhere near as technically sound as she would like them to be, she said, but she finally achieved a solid understanding of both near the end of the season.

Staying late after practice helped sharpen those skills, Petaluma track coach Doug Johnson said.

“I would stay out there until about 6:30 p.m.,” he said, “and there Allison would be too.”

A 6-foot junior, Scranton was also named to the North Coast Section All-League basketball second team. She plays for the Cal Stars travel program in the Bay Area and she hopes to play basketball and continue her success in track at the college level.

“She keeps her books up, plays basketball and (runs) track, and she monitors her time very well,” Johnson said. “She gives a great deal of attention to every area.”

Without putting any expectations on Scranton for her senior year, Johnson said he expects her to continue her success on to the next level.

“I just want her to do the best that she can do,” Johnson said. “We’re going to do whatever we can to make sure she is successful in all those areas.”
Juggling basketball with track and her school studies, Scranton has consistently set high marks in discus since she broke out as one of the Empire’s best her freshman year.

“She’s mature for an 11th-grader. She’s very goal driven, and she’s self-motivated,” Johnson said. “We hope she continues to advance.”

Scranton will spend her summer sharpening her footwork and preparing for a busy senior year. She will also coach and help out at a basketball summer camp for Johnson.

With family, friends and an excellent coaching staff supporting her athletic habits, her junior year has been the best yet, she said. The only way to go is up.

“I’ve been really grateful and blessed to have so many people around me who support me,” Scranton said. “It’s really been a great year.”

Allison Scranton, thrower, Petaluma, Jr.

Mei Li Bartholome, jumper, Montgomery, Sr.
Morgan Bertsch, high jump, Santa Rosa, Sr.
Sheena Blackwell, hurdler, Piner, Jr.
Julia DeVincenzi, hurdler, St. Helena, So.
Molly Foster, hurdler, Analy, Sr.
Isabel Garon, vaulter, Sonoma Valley, So.
Natalie Gilmore, vaulter, Petaluma, Jr.
Allyson Milone, thrower, Ukiah, Sr.
Tori Mollard, hurdler, Montgomery, Jr.
Ileana Moon, 800, Casa Grande, So.
Bianca Nicastro, sprinter, Healdsburg, Sr.
Emma Orosz, sprinter, Montgomery, Fr.
Mackenzie Segraves, hurdler, Ma. Carrillo, Sr.
Shaylee Stotts, sprinter, Cloverdale, Sr.
Annette Sutton, sprinter, Santa Rosa, Sr.
Delaney White, distance, Santa Rosa, So.

Adriana Barich, 800,Casa Grande, So.
Shaz Breedlove, distance, Ma. Carrillo, Jr.
Jordan Codding, vaulter, Santa Rosa, Sr.
Olivia DeGraca, jumper, St Vincent, Jr.
Sala Fitisenmanu, thrower, Ukiah, So.
Brittney Kozenko, hurdler, Santa Rosa, Sr.
Maddy Libbey, distance, Sonoma Valley, So.
Kiara Miles, sprinter, Sonoma Valley, Fr.
Makayla Mix, thrower, Fort Bragg, Jr.
Shannon Palladino, distance, Maria Carrillo, Jr.
Cami Rencken, hurdler, Ma. Carrillo, Sr.
Erica Ruiz, distance, Rancho Cotate, Sr.
Giselle Saleby, sprinter, Windsor, Fr.
Margaret Smith, 400, Montgomery, Fr.
Erin Thomas, distance, Mendocino, Sr.
Megan Touros, jumper, Kelseyville, So.

David Pauls, St. Helena

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