ORLANDO, Fla. – Stanford’s NCAA 400-meter hurdles champion Kori Carter is one of three women’s finalists for The Bowerman Trophy, signifying collegiate track and field’s outstanding performer. It will be awarded Wednesday at a ceremony at the J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes hotel.
Carter will be joined by Arizona high jumper Brigetta Barrett and Clemson hurdler Brianna Rollins. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. PT and will be shown live and free online at flotrack.org, with coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT.
Carter turned professional after the NCAA meet, giving up her senior season of eligibility, but she remains at Stanford to complete her degree and continues to be coached by Cardinal associate head coach Jody Stewart.
Here are Carter’s top honors during the 2013 season:
• NCAA Division I outdoor 400 hurdles champion
• Pac-12 400 hurdles champion
• Pac-12 100 hurdles champion
• Collegiate 400 hurdles record
• NCAA Division I runner-up: 100 hurdles
• First team All-America in 400 hurdles
• First team All-America in 100 hurdles
• Pac-12 Women’s Track Athlete of the Year
The following is a synopsis of her season, as written by the USTFCCCA:
Stanford’s Kori Carter became a hurdling force to be reckoned with not only at the collegiate level but also on the world stage during her 2013 outdoor campaign, winning an NCAA Division I title in the 400 hurdles in collegiate-record style and finishing runner-up nationally in the 100 hurdles -- both against some of the best competition the world has to offer.
She finished undefeated in eight races in the 400 hurdles -- five of which came against 2012 Olympic finalist Georganne Moline of Arizona, who finished fifth on the world stage in London -- with two of the four fastest times in collegiate history, and lost just once in five finals in the 100 hurdles. The lone loss came in the NCAA final against collegiate record-holder Brianna Rollins of Clemson.
Carter, whose collegiate best in the 400 hurdles had been 57.10 set two seasons ago, finished her 2013 campaign with an NCAA title in an collegiate-record 53.21, surpassing the previous record of 53.54 set by Sheena Johnson of UCLA in 2004 and becoming just the second woman to dip under 54 seconds during the collegiate season.
A testament to how strong her competition was this season, Moline finished an instant later to become the third woman to dip under 54 during the collegiate season in 53.72, a time that would have won 30 of the 32 400 hurdles NCAA finals ever contested. The next day she finished runner-up in the 100 hurdles in a career-best 12.79.
She won Pac-12 titles in both the 400 and 100 hurdles, with her winning time of 54.21 in the former giving her the second-fastest collegiate history at the time, which now ranks No. 4. That victory was part of a series of victories over Moline. She also defeated the 2012 Olympian on her home track at the Jim Click Shootout at Arizona, at the NCAA West Prelims and twice at the NCAA Finals.
A long hurdler without her signature event during the indoor season, Carter was still able to finish 14th in the 60 hurdles at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships and ran a 400 leg of Stanford’s DMR team at the meet.