MOSCOW, Russia – Stanford rising sophomore Steven Solomon and his Australian 4x400-meter relay team finished eighth in the final at the IAAF World Championships on Friday.
The Aussies ran a season best of 3:02.26 to nearly catch seventh-place Brazil (3:02.19). The United States won the gold in 2:58.71, with Jamaica second in 2:59.88.
Solomon, a 2012 Olympic finalist in the 400, ran a leadoff split from lane eight in 45.25. The race capped a season that began for him at the Big Meet in April when he debuted with victories in the 400 and as the 4x400 anchor.
His collegiate season best was 46.12 while finishing third at the Pac-12 Championships. The time was the No. 3 mark in school history. He went on to earn second-team All-America honors.
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Kori Carter, Stanford's NCAA women’s 400 hurdles champion, won an online fan vote to secure the initial first-place vote in the running for the Bowerman Award, collegiate track and field’s highest honor.
Carter is one of three women’s finalists for the award, which is voted on by coaches and media. However, the winner of the fan vote collects the equivalent of one vote. Carter collected 8,609 fan votes for 54 percent, far outdistancing Clemson 100 hurdler Brianna Rollins (27 percent) and Arizona high jumper Brigetta Barrett (19 percent).
Carter’s margin of victory of 26 percent is the second-highest in Bowerman history. The winner will be announced Dec. 18 at a ceremony in Orlando, Fla.
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Carter, the current Track & Field News cover girl, did not qualify for Moscow because of an illness that prevented her from running in the semifinals at the U.S. Championships. However, her collegiate-record time of 53.21 remains No. 2 in the world this year, even after the 400 hurdles final at the world championships.
Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic won the gold in a world-leading 52.83, with runner-up Dalilah Muhammad of the U.S. in 54.09. Carter remains the U.S. leader by more than half a second.
Carter ran in one international meet this year, at the IAAF Diamond League race in London on July 26. Carter, now a professional, was fourth in 54.83 , with Hejnova winning in 53.07.
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The 2013 Stanford track and field season ends in earnest on Aug. 23-25 with the Junior Pan Am Championships in Medellin, Colombia.
Two current Stanford athletes and three incoming freshmen will compete in a meet that brings together the top 19-and-under athletes from the Western Hemisphere.
Stanford will be represented by rising sophomores Justin Brinkley, the U.S. junior men’s 1,500 champion, and Claudia Saunders, the U.S. junior runner-up in the women’s 800.
Also competing are U.S. junior women’s javelin champ Megan Glasmann, U.S. junior men’s pole vault runner-up Dylan Duvio, and Canadian junior men's 800 runner-up Scott Buttinger. They will be freshmen at Stanford this fall.
In addition, former Stanford sprinter Leroy Sims will serve as the U.S. team physician.