Allison Stokke Has a Reason to Lay Low

Bleacher Report just named Cal’s Allison Stokke as the Sexiest Female Athlete to watch of 2010. What’s awesome abut Stokke is this is without her even trying. She just goes out there and competes and every now and then a photo emerges, at which point all of our jaws drop.

Allison Stokke, pole vault, athlete

The Bleacher Report article says that she needs to cash in on her fame, but this where I actually gain a lot of respect for her. She wants to be a college student and a college athlete. She doesn’t want to be a sex symbol. Everyone else in America seems to be clamoring for attention and here she is shying away from it. Good for her. For all of those people who don’t understand why she doesn’t grab the chance to do a photoshoot with some world class photographer look at this from her player bio on the Cal website.

Freshman (2008): Posted a mark of 13-5.75 (4.11m) at the Pac-10 Championships, which is a Cal freshman record…provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, as she set a then-PR of 13-1.00 (3.99m) at the MPSF Indoor Championships; this mark also set the school indoor (along with teammate Katie Morgan’s mark the same day) and the freshman record…ranked No. 20 in the nation.

High School: At Newport Harbor High School, broke the country record in her senior season with a mark of 13-7…also ranked second in California and second in the nation that year with that jump…during her junior year, made the Orange Country Register newspaper’s “All-County Track Team”…three-time Seaview league champion…first place in the CIF Division II finals with a mark of 13-0…took second place in the CIF state finals (12-9), earning the second-place finish after recovering from a broken leg…as a sophomore, broke the county and meet records and tied the sophomore national record with her jump of 13-4, and a few days later, broke all three of those records with a mark of 13-5.75…took first at the Orange County Championships (13-0), and was named Female Athlete of the Meet…selected to USA Today’s “All-USA Track Team, Girl’s Team”…named one of the Los Angeles Times’ “Top Performers”…achieved the age 15 national record (13-4), the age 16 national record (13-5.75) and the indoor sophomore national record (12-9)…in her freshman year, broke the school record four times…CIF state champion (12-8)…set the freshman national record with a mark of 12-8…named to the Los Angeles Times’ all-star girl’s track team…a verizona junior All-American…won the Newport Harbor High School Academic Excellence Award…NHHS academic letter and pin…made the national honor society and the California Scholarship Federation.

She is an awesome pole vaulter and athlete. Do you think any of this attention she is getting is because of that? Of course not. She’s poured her life into pole vaulting yet she gets attention based on the fact that she lucked into having such a pretty face. I can see why that would bother her. Maybe if some of those more well known sports media outlets would take some interest in the athletic side of her life she might warm up to us all.

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