Feb. 8, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Stanford's Kori Carter shattered her own school record in the 60-meter hurdles at the Don Kirby Invitational indoor track and field meet at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday night.
The junior clocked 8.17 to break her year-old mark of 8.22 and highlight a strong day of competition for Stanford athletes in two indoor meets. Cardinal field-event athletes, sprinters, and hurdlers competed in Albuquerque while team distance runners were at the Husky Invitational in Seattle.
Carter, the 2012 Pac-12 100 hurdles champ outdoors and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 60 hurdles champ indoors, has threatened the mark already this season. She ran 8.24 at the UW Invitational on Jan. 26, and hit 8.27 in Friday's preliminary round.
In the final, Carter beat runner-up Christabel Nettey of Arizona State in 8.22, with Stanford teammate Katie Nelms in fourth (8.35), just off her own No. 2 mark in school history (8.33) of last year.
Carter wasn't the only one to make a dent in the Cardinal Top 10 indoor lists: Jules Sharpe achieved the No. 2 mark in the men's high jump, Jordan Merback hit No. 7 in the women's triple jump, and Geoffrey Tabor would have reached No. 3 in the men's shot put if he wasn't there already.
In all, Stanford achieved season bests in nine events in Albuquerque.
Sharpe had the third-best high jump in school history - indoors or outdoors - while placing second Friday.
Sharpe leaped 7-3¼ on his first try to come within a quarter-inch of Brian Marshall's Stanford indoor record set in 1986. Marshall has held the all-inclusive Stanford mark of 7-5¾ since 1988. Sharpe improved upon his collegiate best of 7-3, set in 2011, and had a pair of good tries at 7-4 ¼.
Sharpe was second only to 2012 Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard of Kansas State, who cleared 7-5 3/4. Sharpe took only three jumps - clearing each on his first try - before going out.
"He did a really good job of staying composed," Stanford jumps and multis coach Michael Eskind said. "In every meet he competes in, he gets better and better. But he took a big step today."
Sharpe has competed three times this indoor season, winning twice before Friday.
Merback jumped 41-1 3/4 for second place, and All-America Karynn Dunn was third in the women's long jump with a season-best 20-5.
Tabor put the shot 58-5 3/4 for fourth place, just off his personal record of 58-7 1/2.
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SEATTLE - Jessica Tonn joined the Top-10 parade by shattering her personal record in the 5,000 at the Husky Invitational, a two-day meet that continues on Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor track at University of Washington.
Tonn ran 15:56.42 to finish fourth in the invitational heat in the fifth-fastest indoor time in Stanford history. Tonn's previous best was 16:16.37.
Erik Olson set a personal record in the men's 5,000, clocking 13:54.55 to finish 18th in the invitational heat. It bettered his previous best of 13:59.87.