Kori Carter followed her repeat 100-meter hurdles title at the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships by running the fourth-fastest 400 hurdles race in Pac-12 history on Sunday at USC's Loker Stadium.
Carter's 54.21 set meet and stadium records and was the fastest time in the world this year. In addition, she broke her second school record of the day, following her 12.76 in the 100 hurdles only 90 minutes earlier. In both races, Carter broke her own records.
Her victory highlighted the efforts of the Cardinal women, who placed fifth as a team with 86.5 points. Oregon won the women's title with 139 and also captured the men's crown, with 149.5. The Stanford men were 10th with 43.
Her 400 hurdles victory came in another memorable duel with Arizona's Georganne Moline, the fifth-place finisher in the 2012 Olympic Games. On April 6, Carter edged Moline at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, with Carter running a school-record 54.71.
On Sunday, Carter topped that effort, with Moline finishing second in 54.54 with both recording the fastest times by Americans this year.
Carter broke the Pac-12 Championships record of 55.12 set by Moline last year, and the stadium record of 56.55 set by UCLA's Joanna Hayes, the 2004 Olympic 100 hurdles gold medalist, in 1999.
In the 100 hurdles, Carter blazed to a huge personal record to edge UCLA's Brea Buchanan by 0.01 and crush her own school record of 12.99, which she set in this meet last year.
Carter's time met the IAAF World Championships `A' standard (she had already achieved that standard in the 400 hurdles). It was the second-fastest in NCAA Division I this year, and was third among collegians, sixth among Americans, and seventh in the world.
Carter also ran the second leg of the 4x400 relay. The Stanford team of Carissa Levingston, Carter, Justine Fedronic, and Kristyn Williams was sixth in 3:38.15.
Stanford finished with two individual titles, both by the women. In addition to Carter, sophomore Brianna Bain repeated as the javelin champion on Saturday.
Justine Fedronic nearly gave the Cardinal another victory. The senior and school-record holder finished second to Oregon's Laura Roesler in the women's 800, 2:06.51 to 2:07.23.
The men's 400 was one of the most anticipated events of the meet, featuring defending champion and U.S. Olympian Bryshon Nellum of USC, Oregon's 2011 Pac-10 champion Mike Berry, and Australia's 2012 Olympic finalist Steven Solomon of Stanford.
The race went to Nellum in a stadium record 44.76, with Berry second in 45.14, and Solomon third in a Stanford freshman record 46.12. Solomon, running in his second meet of the season, broke the frosh mark of 46.46 set by Rene Rodriguez in 1993. Solomon also jumped into tie for No. 3 on Stanford's all-time performance list.
In the men's discus, Stanford senior Geoffrey Tabor threw farther than he did in winning the 2011 Pac-10 title. However, his season-best toss of 189-10 only got him third this time partly because of a stadium record 214-7 by UCLA's Julian Wruck.
Tabor finished as Stanford's top point producer, with 11 points in two events (including his fourth-place in the shot put -- over two days.
Jules Sharpe, another senior, scored for the third consecutive season after producing a personal-high fourth place in the high jump. Sharpe cleared 7-1 1/2 on his first try, missed once at 7-2 1/2, and then passed to the eventual winning height of 7-3 3/4 before two misses ended his competition.
The Cardinal qualified three into the men's 1,500 final, with Tyler Stutzman earning the top team finish in that event with a fourth-place. Stutzman ran 3:42.36, with Michael Atchoo eighth in 3:43.65, and Marco Bertolotti 10th in 3:45.14.
Jessica Tonn earned her second top-five finish in two days by placing fifth in the 5,000 a day after a runner-up finish in the 10,000. Tonn ran 16:36.60 to lead teammate Aisling Cuffe (sixth, 16:37.12), among scorers.