Kelly Allen, Tufts University
One of the most successful track & field throwers in NESCAC history, Kelly Allen graduated in May with eight conference championships in her career, including all four discus competitions. At the 2013 NESCAC Championships at home on Ellis Oval / Dussault Track in April, she won three events to lead the Jumbos to a decisive victory.
At the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2013, Allen's distance of 153'6" (46.79m) in the discus was the runner-up performance at the meet. With that toss, Allen earned her fourth consecutive All-American honor in the NCAA discus throw. She was the national runner-up in the event in 2012 as well and posted All-American fourth-place showings in the 2010 and 2011 NCAA discus throws. She finished as a five-time All-American overall, including a sixth-place finish in the weight throw at the 2012 NCAA Indoor meet. Allen also rewrote the school record books.
"Kelly would have been successful at any program she went to because of her attitude," Tufts throwing coach Lisa Wallin said. "She has never been afraid to sacrifice her social life or the opportunity to travel abroad because she always put the sport first. She trained every day, late at night, despite how tired she got. This type of athlete is a rarity and is one of the reasons why she has been so successful."
Tufts women's track head coach Kristen Morwick was equally impressed with Allen.
"Kelly is a big meet performer," she said. "She knows what she needs to do for the team in order for us to be successful She also raised the level of expectations on our team, not only in the throws group, but for everyone. She's a great role model and she sets the tone for the season."
A team captain, Allen is a role model and leader outside of the throwing circle as well. As a child development major, she has a passion for working with children. Allen spent the fall semester student-teaching in a second grade classroom in Malden. When she graduates in May, she will be licensed to teach Pre-K through second grade.
"It’s an awesome feeling to be a part of helping a child discover new connections in math, or read a word he or she has never read," Allen says. "I hope to stay in Massachusetts and be teaching in my own classroom come September."
Coaching may also be in Allen's future.
"I definitely see myself coaching throwing at some point," she says. "It will always be a big part of my life."