June 8, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - Kori Carter finished second in the 100-meter hurdles on Saturday to power the Stanford women to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.
Carter ran a strong time of 12.79, but still remained far behind Clemson junior Brianna Rollins, whose 12.39 broke the meet and collegiate records and was only 0.06 off Gail Devers’ American record.
Carter, who set a variety of records in her 400 hurdles victory on Friday, scored 18 of Stanford’s 33 points to lead the Cardinal to its highest NCAA point total since 1984, when it scored 71 while placing third.
The Cardinal tied with Arizona for second among Pac-12 schools, with Kansas winning with 60 points, followed by Texas A&M (44), Oregon (43), LSU (40), and Central Florida (35). Sixth matched Stanford’s place of last year and marked the program’s third consecutive top 10 finish.
The Stanford men, however, were shut out – the first time that had happened since 1996.
Besides Carter, Stanford had two competitors in action Saturday: senior Alyssa Wisdom (53-7) was 12th in the women’s shot put, earning second-team All-America honors, and Erik Olson was 19th in the men’s 5,000 (14:25.43), and became an honorable mention All-America.
Carter, a nine-time All-America, did about as well as hoped. She was close to her personal record of 12.76, but Rollins was on her own, becoming the fourth-fastest American of all-time. Still, the race for second was controlled by Carter, who outran third-place Donique’ Flemings of Texas A&M by 0.06.
The performance completed an outstanding meet for Carter, who is being considered for the Bowerman award as collegiate track and field’s top athlete. On Friday, Carter set an in-season collegiate record 53.21 – the fastest time in the world this year – while meet and school records came crashing down.
In the shot put, Wisdom fell three spots shy of reaching the final and receiving three additional throws. Her best of 53-7 came on her third and final attempt.
Regardless of her place, Wisdom was the epitome of a success story. She arrived at Stanford as a sprinter, but was forced to drop running when she was diagnosed with a heart condition. Undeterred, Wisdom took up the shot as a sophomore, having dabbled in the event in high school, and developed into an All-American.
In the 5,000, brutally hot conditions contributed to four qualifiers not finishing. Olson stayed with the lead pack for the first mile, but began to lose contact at about 2,000 meters. Arizona’s Lawi Lalang won in 13:35.19 to complete a 5,000-10,000 double.
The meet completes the collegiate season, but five Stanford women (Carter, Brianna Bain, Justine Fedronic, Kathy Kroeger, and Amy Weissenbach) and two men (Michael Atchoo and Tyler Stutzman) have achieved ‘A’ standards for the USATF Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 19-23.
Stanford’s 2013 All-Americans:
|Kori Carter||100 hurdles, 400 hurdles|
|Karynn Dunn||Long jump|
|Alyssa Wisdom||Shot put|
|Justine Fedronic||4x400 relay|
|Carissa Levingston||4x400 relay|
|Kala Stepter||4x400 relay|
|Amy Weissenbach||4x400 relay|