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Kori Carter set an NCAA record while winning a national title.
Carter's Season for the Ages
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 07/01/2013

In reviewing the Stanford's 2013 track and field season, the first duty is to put Kori Carter's record-setting NCAA victory in the 400-meter hurdles into context.

The Stanford junior won the NCAA title on June 7 in Eugene, Ore., while setting collegiate, meet, and school records. Her time of 53.21 remains the fastest in the world this year (even after half a season of IAAF Diamond League meets) and boosted Carter to No. 6 in U.S. history.

This season, Carter recorded two of the four fastest times ever in collegiate competition, recorded the world's fastest time of the year three times, and went 5-0 against 2012 Olympic finalist and NCAA runner-up Georganne Moline of Arizona. After the season, Carter turned professional, completing her Stanford career.

It was an amazing season to be sure, but was Carter's victory Stanford track and field's greatest-ever performance?

Let's set some boundaries in trying to determine "the greatest." The performance must have taken place during the collegiate season and, taking that idea further, let's focus on collegiate track and field's ultimate prize - an NCAA outdoor championship.

In Stanford women's history, only one other performance matched Carter's trifecta of NCAA outdoor championship, collegiate record, and meet record in the same competition ... sort of. In 2008, Erica McLain leaped a wind-aided 47-10¾ to win the NCAA triple jump with the longest jump in all conditions in collegiate history. However, the aid of a 3.4 meters per second wind (over the allowable 2.0) meant that it could not count as a record. Still, no jumper has come within eight inches of the mark, windy or not.

The Stanford men have set numerous NCAA meet records, but none were also collegiate records.

The Stanford men also have set numerous world records, but none in a conference or NCAA championship meet. During his Stanford days, Bob Mathias set two world decathlon records -- at the 1950 AAU Championships and 1952 Olympics. But, alas, those don't fulfill our collegiate season requirement.

So, under our NCAA-championship/meet record/collegiate-record guidelines, we can say that Carter has one of the two greatest performances in more than 120 years of Stanford track and field.

With that in mind, a review of the 2013 season - the first under the coaching staff of Chris Miltenberg, Stanford's Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field -- may proceed.

To complete Carter's season resume, she also was second in the NCAA 100-meter hurdle final and scored 18 points in the NCAA Championships, contributing mightily to Stanford's sixth-place total of 33. That finish was enough to clinch a 19th consecutive Learfield Sports Directors' Cup for Stanford, as the most successful athletic program in collegiate sports.

But the season offered so much more, with Justine Fedronic (third) and freshman Amy Weissenbach (sixth) reaching the women's NCAA 800-meter final and recording the fastest times in Stanford history in the same race. Weissenbach would go on to reach the U.S. championship final, breaking Fedronic's school record as well as the national freshman record.

The third member of the 800 group, freshman Claudia Saunders, was second at the U.S. junior championships in her first year in the event. This was after winning an Ohio high school state championship in the 100 hurdles.

Sophomore Brianna Bain repeated as Pac-12 women's javelin champion and had the longest throw by a collegian this year. Bain also earned her second top-three national finish and will lead a strong Cardinal throwing contingent next year that will include incoming freshman Megan Glasmann, the U.S. junior javelin champion.

Long-jumper Karynn Dunn captured her third All-America honor and, on the distance side, Jessica Tonn and Aisling Cuffe achieved their first outdoor All-America honors.

Other than senior discus thrower Geoffrey Tabor, the Stanford men had no returning NCAA outdoor qualifiers. But freshman Steven Solomon (400), and juniors Tyler Stutzman (1,500) and Erik Olson (5,000) all made it this year and will provide NCAA experience that the Cardinal can build on. In addition, Michael Atchoo (1,500) competed in his first U.S. senior championship meet.

Another reason for optimism: freshman Justin Brinkley won the U.S. junior championship in the 1,500, and redshirt Thomas Graham placed fourth in the 5,000. Stanford running has been dominated by those such as Chris Derrick, Ian Dobson, Gabe Jennings, Michael Stember, and the Hauser brothers for the past 15 years. The next generation appears in line to meet those standards.

"The biggest thing is taking the initiative and making it their team," Miltenberg said. "They've got to think of themselves in the same way as the great runners that came before, and they're starting to see that big picture. I'm excited about where we're going, but we've got a lot of work to get there."

With the graduation of Tabor and high jumper Jules Sharpe, the Stanford men must replace its top field-event athletes.

"We've got some big gaps to fill," Miltenberg said. "But I'm pretty excited about the recruits we have coming in."

Stanford claims the best men's distance-running recruiting class in the country and seems set in the distance and throws for years to come. Some top men's and women's recruits in the horizontal jumps also have national potential, and the Cardinal is looking forward to having the benefit of a healthy Solomon for a full season.

But while Stanford's track and field future looks promising, 2013 was, quite simply, Carter's year.

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The following are team and individual accomplishments and honors from 2013. These include conference or national scorers, U.S. finalists, top 10 all-time marks, academic honors, and other notable distinctions:

WOMEN
Team
6th place, NCAA Outdoor Championships 5th place, Pac-12 Championships 4th place, MPSF Indoor Championships Big Meet winner

Individuals
Emilie Amaro
6th place, mile, MPSF Indoor Championships
2nd place, distance medley relay, MPSF Indoor Championships
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic second team

Mary Kate Anselmini
6th place, 3,000-meter steeplechase, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, 3,000-meter steeplechase
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Brianna Bain
Pac-12 javelin champion
Two-time first-team All-American (career)
First-team outdoor All-American, javelin
Stanford record, javelin (183-10)
6th place, javelin, USATF Outdoor Championships
3rd place, javelin, NCAA Outdoor Championships
Stanford Athletic Board Block `S' Outstanding Female Sophomore
Big Meet winner, javelin
No. 5 Pac-12 all-time, javelin (183-10)
USC stadium record, javelin (176-8)
Big Meet record, javelin (183-10)
Stanford/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week (April 22)
Pac-12 Women's Field Athlete of the Week (April 23)

Alli Billmeyer
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Jaye Buchbinder
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Kori Carter
NCAA 400-meter hurdles champion
NCAA 100-meter hurdles runner-up
Pac-12 100-meter hurdles champion
Pac-12 400-meter hurdles champion
MPSF indoor 200-meter champion
USTFCCCA Women's West Region Track Athlete of the Year
Pac-12 Women's Track Athlete of the Year
Bowerman award semifinalist
Stanford Athletic Board Conference Female Athlete of the Year
Collegiate record, 400-meter hurdles (53.21)
NCAA meet record, 400-meter hurdles (53.21)
Pac-12 meet record, 400-meter hurdles (54.21)
USC stadium record, 400-meter hurdles (54.21)
Stanford record, 400-meter hurdles (53.21)
Stanford record, 100-meter hurdles (12.76)
Stanford indoor record, 60-meter hurdles (8.17)
Big Meet record, 4x400-meter relay (3:38.74)
Broke Stanford hurdle records 11 times (career)
Nine-time All-American (career)
First-team outdoor All-American, 400-meter hurdles
First-team outdoor All-American, 100-meter hurdles
Second-team indoor All-American, 60-meter hurdles
Second-team indoor All-American, distance medley relay
6th place, 4x400-meter relay, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, 100-meter hurdles
Big Meet winner, 400-meter hurdles
Big Meet winner, 4x100-meter relay
Big Meet winner, 4x400-meter relay
4th place, 60-meter hurdles, MPSF Indoor Championships
3rd place, 4x400-meter relay, MPSF Indoor Championships
No. 6 U.S. all-time, 400-meter hurdles (53.21)
No. 3 Stanford all-time outdoors, 4x400-meter relay (3:32.65)
No. 3 Stanford all-time indoors, 200 meters (23.63)
No. 4 Stanford all-time indoors, 4x400-meter relay (3:38.16)
No. 7 Stanford all-time indoors, distance medley relay (11:06.46)
No. 5 Pac-12 all-time, 100-meters hurdles (12.76)
No. 2 Pac-12 all-time, 400-meter hurdles (53.21)
Stanford/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week (June 10)
Stanford/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week (May 13)
Stanford/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week (April 8)
World-leading time, 400-meter hurdles, April 6 (54.71)
World-leading time, 400-meter hurdles, May 12 (54.21)
World-leading time, 400-meter hurdles, June 7 (53.21)
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Cami Chapus
2nd place, distance medley relay, MPSF Indoor Championships

Aisling Cuffe
Three-time All-American (career)
Second-team outdoor All-American, 5,000 meters
6th place, 5,000 meters, Pac-12 Championships
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Karynn Dunn
Three-time All-American (career)
Second-team outdoor All-America, long jump
4th place, long jump, Pac-12 Championships
8th place, triple jump, Pac-12 Championships

Hannah Farley
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Justine Fedronic
Four-time All-American (career)
First-team outdoor All-American, 800 meters
Honorable mention outdoor All-American, 4x400-meter relay
3rd place, 800 meters, NCAA Outdoor Championships
2nd place, 800 meters, Pac-12 Championships
6th place, 4x400-meter relay, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, 800 meters
Big Meet winner, 4x400-meter relay
Big Meet record, 4x400-meter relay (3:38.74)
No. 2 Stanford all-time outdoors, 800 meters (2:01.67)
No. 7 Stanford all-time outdoors, 1,500 meters (4:14.69)
No. 3 Stanford all-time outdoors, 4x400-meter relay (3:32.65)
No. 6 Pac-12 all-time, 800 meters (2:01.67)
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Julia Foster
6th place, 3,000-meter steeplechase, Pac-12 Championships
No. 8 Stanford all-time outdoors, 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:27.42)

Sophia Ginez
MPSF All-Academic team

Kiernan Haggarty
No. 4 Stanford all-time freshman, javelin (139-9)

Rebecca Hammar
7th place, discus, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, discus
No. 4 Stanford all-time outdoors, discus (179-11)

Kathy Kroeger
Eight-time All-American (career)
Capital One Academic All-America second team
Capital One Academic All-District 8 first team
Pac-12 All-Academic first team
Second-team indoor All-American, distance medley relay
Big Meet winner, 3,000 meters
2nd place, 5,000 meters, MPSF Indoor Championships

Megan Lacy
2nd place, 5,000 meters, USATF Junior Championships

Carissa Levingston
Two-time All-American (career)
Honorable mention outdoor All-American, 4x400-meter relay
Big Meet record, 4x400-meter relay (3:38.74)
7th place, 200 meters, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, 4x100-meter relay
Big Meet winner, 4x400-meter relay
2nd place, 200 meters, MPSF Indoor Championships
3rd place, 4x400-meter relay, MPSF Indoor Championships
No. 3 Stanford all-time outdoors, 4x400-meter relay (3:32.65)
No. 10 Stanford all-time indoors, 60 meters (7.66)
No. 4 Stanford all-time indoors, 4x400-meter relay (3:38.16)
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Ellie McCardwell
5th place, pole vault, Pac-12 Championships
Third top-five Pac-12 finish
Big Meet winner, pole vault
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Jordan Merback
5th place, triple jump, Pac-12 Championships
2nd place, triple jump, MPSF Indoor Championships
No. 7 Stanford all-time indoors, triple jump (41-1¾)
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Tate Murray
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Katie Nelms
Three-time All-American (career)
Big Meet winner, 4x100-meter relay
2nd place, 60-meter hurdles, MPSF Indoor Championships
No. 9 Stanford all-time indoors, 60 meters (7.61)
No. 2 Stanford all-time indoors, 60-meter hurdles (8.27)
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Joy O'Hare
Two-time All-American (career)
No. 7 Stanford all-time indoors, distance medley relay (11:06.46)

Elaine Patten
4th place, high jump, MPSF Indoor Championships
No. 10 Stanford all-time outdoors, high jump (5-8¾)
No. 9 Stanford all-time indoors, high jump (5-7¼)
Pac-12 All-Academic second team

Claudia Saunders
2nd place, 800 meters, USATF Junior Championships
Second-team indoor All-American, distance medley relay
2nd place, distance medley relay, MPSF Indoor Championships
No. 5 Stanford all-time freshman, 800 meters (2:06.46)

Kala Stepter
Honorable mention outdoor All-American, 4x400-meter relay
8th place, 400-meter hurdles, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, 4x100-meter relay
2nd place, distance medley relay, MPSF Indoor Championships
No. 7 Stanford all-time outdoors, 400-meter hurdles (59.42)
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Jessica Tonn
Two-time All-American (career)
Second-team indoor All-American, 5,000 meters
Honorable mention outdoor All-American, 5,000 meters
2nd place, 10,000 meters, Pac-12 Championships
5th place, 5,000 meters, Pac-12 Championships
7th place, 3,000 meters, MPSF Indoor Championships
No. 10 Stanford all-time outdoors, 5,000 meters (15:54.90)
No. 10 Stanford all-time indoors, 3,000 meters (9:10.16)
No. 5 Stanford all-time indoors, 5,000 meters (15:56.42)
No. 7 Stanford all-time indoors, distance medley relay (11:06.46)
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Amy Weissenbach
National collegiate freshman record, 800 meters (2:00.98)
Stanford outdoor record, 800 meters (2:00.98)
Stanford freshman record, 800 meters (2:00.98)
Stanford indoor record, 800 meters (2:05.56)

No. 5 American Junior all-time, 800 meters (2:00.98)
Four-time All-American (career)
First-team outdoor All-American, 800 meters
Second-team indoor All-American, 800 meters
Second-team indoor All-American, distance medley relay
Honorable mention outdoor All-American, 4x400-meter relay
7th place, 800 meters, USATF Outdoor Championships
6th place, 800 meters, NCAA Outdoor Championships
6th place, 1,500 meters, Pac-12 Championships
6th place, 4x400-meter relay, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, 1,500 meters
2nd place, 800 meters, MPSF Indoor Championships
3rd place, 4x400-meter relay, MPSF Indoor Championships
No. 3 Stanford all-time outdoors, 4x400-meter relay (3:32.65)
No. 4 Stanford all-time indoors, 4x400-meter relay (3:38.16)
No. 7 Stanford all-time indoors, distance medley relay (11:06.46)
No. 1 Stanford all-time freshman, 800 meters (2:00.98)
No. 5 Pac-12 all-time, 800 meters (2:00.98)

Kristyn Williams
Big Meet record, 4x400-meter relay (3:38.74)
6th place, 4x400-meter relay, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, 4x400-meter relay
3rd place, 4x400-meter relay, MPSF Indoor Championships
No. 7 Stanford all-time outdoors, 400 meters (54.15)
No. 4 Stanford all-time indoors, 400 meters (54.34)
No. 4 Stanford all-time indoors, 4x400-meter relay (3:38.16)
No. 2 Stanford all-time freshman, 400 meters (54.15)

Alyssa Wisdom
Jamaica national shot put champion
Second-team outdoor All-American, shot put
5th place, shot put, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, shot put
4th place, shot put, MPSF Indoor Championships
No. 3 Stanford all-time outdoors, shot put (54-4¾)
No. 3 Stanford all-time indoors, shot put (55-8¼)
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic second team

Katie Zingheim
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

* * *

MEN
Team
10th place, Pac-12 Championships
30th place, NCAA Indoor Championships
5th place, MPSF Indoor Championships

Individuals
Michael Atchoo
MPSF indoor mile champion
Stanford indoor record, mile (3:57.14)
Stanford indoor record, distance medley relay (9:28.25)
Three-time All-America (career)
First-team indoor All-American, mile
First-team indoor All-American, distance medley relay
Stanford Athletic Board Block `S' Outstanding Male Junior
8th place, mile, NCAA Indoor Championships
8th place, distance medley relay, NCAA Indoor Championships
8th place, 1,500 meters, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, 1,500 meters
Armory Invitational winner, mile
Armory Invitational winner, distance medley relay
Armory Invitational, most outstanding performer
No. 9 Stanford all-time outdoors, 1,500 meters (3:39.57)
Stanford/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week (Feb. 25)
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic second team

Marco Bertolotti
4th place, distance medley relay, MPSF Indoor Championships
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic second team

Justin Brinkley
U.S. Junior national 1,500-meter champion
5th place, 800 meters, MPSF Indoor Championships
4th place, distance medley relay, MPSF Indoor Championships

Nick Budincich
8th place, discus, Pac-12 Championships

Spencer Chase
Stanford indoor record, distance medley relay (9:28.25)
Two-time All-American (career)
First-team indoor All-American, distance medley relay
8th place, distance medley relay, NCAA Indoor Championships
7th place, 4x400-meter relay, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, 4x400-meter relay
4th place, 200 meters, MPSF Indoor Championships
Armory Invitational winner, distance medley relay
No. 6 Stanford all-time indoors, 200 meters (21.64)

Will Drinkwater
7th place, 1,500 meters, USATF Junior Championships

Dalton Duvio
Big Meet winner, pole vault
No. 8 Stanford all-time outdoors, pole vault (16-10¾)

Dylan Ferris
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Thomas Graham
4th place, 5,000 meters, USATF Junior Championships

Patton Jones
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Charlie Kerr
No. 9 Stanford all-time outdoors, javelin (197-6)
No. 4 Stanford all-time freshman, javelin (197-6)

Aaron Konigsberg
5th place, javelin, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, javelin
No. 3 Stanford all-time outdoors, javelin (220-1)
Pac-12 All-Academic first team

Kenny Krotzer
4th place, distance medley relay, MPSF Indoor Championships
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Luke Lefebure
NCAA Elite 89 Award, indoor track and field
Stanford indoor record, distance medley relay (9:28.25)
Two-time All-American (career)
First-team indoor All-American, distance medley relay
8th place, distance medley relay, NCAA Indoor Championships
7th place, 4x400-meter relay, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, 4x400-meter relay
8th place, 800 meters, MPSF Indoor Championships
Armory Invitational winner, distance medley relay
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic first team

Tim Luthin
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic second team

Erik Olson
Honorable mention outdoor All-American, 5,000 meters
Big Meet winner, 3,000 meters
2nd place, 5,000 meters, MPSF Indoor Championships
6th place, 3,000 meters, MPSF Indoor Championships

Loren Pilorin
7th place, 4x400-meter relay, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, 4x400-meter relay
4th place, distance medley relay, MPSF Indoor Championships

Andrew Rondema
No. 6 Stanford all-time outdoors, javelin (203-2)
No. 2 Stanford all-time freshman, javelin (203-2)

Jim Rosa
7th place, 10,000 meters, Pac-12 Championships
6th place, 5,000 meters, MPSF Indoor Championships
MPSF All-Academic team

Joe Rosa
5th place, 5,000 meters, MPSF Indoor Championships
7th place, 3,000 meters, MPSF Indoor Championships

Lucas Rowley
6th place, hammer, Pac-12 Championships
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Jules Sharpe
Two-time All-American (career)
Second-team indoor All-American, high jump
4th place, high jump, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, high jump
3rd place, high jump, MPSF Indoor Championships
No. 5 Stanford all-time outdoors, high jump (7-1¾)
No. 2 Stanford all-time indoors, high jump (7-3¼)

Steven Solomon
Second-team outdoor All-American, 400 meters
3rd place, 400 meters, Pac-12 Championships
7th place, 4x400-meter relay, Pac-12 Championships
Big Meet winner, 400 meters
Big Meet winner, 4x400-meter relay
No. 3 Stanford all-time outdoors, 400 meters (46.12)
No. 1 Stanford all-time freshman, 400 meters (46.12)

Garrett Starkey
7th place, pole vault, MPSF Indoor Championships
No. 9 Stanford all-time indoors, pole vault (16-4)
No. 5 Stanford all-time freshman, pole vault (16-4)

Tyler Stutzman
Three-time All-American (career)
First-team indoor All-American, mile
First-team indoor All-American, distance medley relay
Honorable mention outdoor All-American, 1,500 meters
Stanford indoor record, distance medley relay (9:28.25)
4th place, mile, NCAA Indoor Championships
8th place, distance medley relay, NCAA Indoor Championships
4th place, 1,500 meters, Pac-12 Championships
2nd place, mile, MPSF Indoor Championships
Armory Invitational winner, distance medley relay
No. 7 Stanford all-time indoors, mile (3:58.85)
MPSF All-Academic team
Pac-12 All-Academic second team

Geoffrey Tabor
Two-time All-American (career)
3rd place, discus, Pac-12 Championships
4th place, shot put, Pac-12 Championships
Four Pac-12 top-five shot put finishes
Big Meet winner, discus
3rd place, shot put, MPSF Indoor Championships
Stanford Athletic Board Dick and Anne Gould Captain's Award

Ryan Valdes
Pac-12 All-Academic second team

Tyler Valdes
Pac-12 All-Academic second team

Dartis Willis
All-American (career)
6th place, long jump, Pac-12 Championships

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