By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Allison Scranton only started throwing discus her freshman year, and by junior year, she was already dominating the Redwood Empire with a sixth-place finish at the state meet.
So it was only fitting that the Petaluma thrower would follow her natural progression into her senior year, which meant a PR at the 2015 CIF Track and Field Championship and a fourth-place finish.
“I don’t think it was pressure, but I think there was more excitement after doing so well junior year,” she said. “That alone was unexpected, so I was just excited to go back and do even better.”
Scranton earned the title of the greatest thrower in Empire history with her monster throw of 149 feet, 4 inches, and is The Press Democrat’s All-Empire Track and Field female athlete of the year for the second year in a row.
“Last year was unexpected,” she commented on her junior season, “so I knew this year could only get better.”
Scranton came into her senior season a few weeks late, as she had every year, due to the overlapping basketball season and was battling a nagging ankle injury at the start of the track and field season.
“You can’t twist and turn and push off of your ankle when it just doesn’t have the strength that it did,” Scranton said. “It was extremely frustrating.”
The delay was mostly just annoying, Scranton said, but she finally started to hit previous marks and make progress toward the middle of the season when she experienced a bit of déjà vu.
“A week and a half after I hit my PR this season, I landed on my ankle wrong at practice,” she said. “That was the low point of my season.”
To be able to overcome a nagging injury and reach the state meet for the second year was so rewarding for her, Scranton said.
“She still has so much potential,” said throwing coach Reggie Pearson. “What she did at state was just the tip of the iceberg. She’s become an incredible athlete.”
If she can continue to have a positive working relationship with her coaches in the future and put in the necessary work, Pearson said, Scranton will become an even more incredible athlete.
The level of work Scranton put in this year, as compared to her junior season, and working so closely with teammate Morgan Giraud in the weight room or on the track was the difference in both girls’ seasons, Pearson said.
“My coach is so encouraging and motivating,” Scranton said, “and Morgan (Giraud) would push me on and off the track.”
Scranton obviously dominates the throwing field, Giraud said, but she is also one of the most supportive teammates, constantly giving words of encouragement to teammates and encouraging them on and off the field.
“She’s just got a heart of gold,” she added. “She’s one of those people who loves to give back and she doesn’t do it to put it on a college resume, she just wants to help people.”
Training with Scranton has been a blessing as well, Giraud said, because she’s so optimistic and friendly toward competitors and teammates alike.
“She definitely rubbed off on me,” Giraud said, “and I’ve come out of my shell a little bit as a result.”
“I’m so thankful for the support system I’ve had in Petaluma all four years,” Scranton said. “I could not be more blessed.”
Scranton is headed to Utah State in the fall, where she will continue throwing and will even pick up the hammer throw for indoor track and field.
For now, she’s just going to continue to working out and training as the excitement builds for her track career.
She has some lofty goals that she will without a doubt hit, Giarud said, and she will probably excel at the hammer, too.
“I know she’s going to excel,” Giraud added, “I have complete confidence that she’ll find success in whatever she chooses to do.”