Carter into finals; Allman to compete in discus at USATF meet


Stanford product Kori Carter raced into the final of the women's 400 hurdles in the USATF Outdoor Championships on Saturday, finishing second in her heat, and fourth overall, with a time of 55.66.

Carter won an NCAA title in the event during her junior year at Stanford, where she was a nine-time All-American.

Kori Carter
"I like my start, but towards the end I started struggling a little," Heat winner Cassandra Tate said. "I was able to finish well and win the heat. I just need to stay focused on my hurdle and my lane and not worry about what anyone else is doing."

Stanford grad Garrett Heath, also a nine-time All-American with the Cardinal, finished ninth in the men's 1,500 race, running a 3:40.28. Leo Manzano won the race in 3:38.63.

"U.S. distance running has come a long ways and any time you race against these guys it's not going to be easy," Manzano said. "They gave me a good challenge. Fortunately I was able to pull away in the last 100 meters."

Heath was the national runner-up in the 1,500 in 2009, a year after reaching the semifinal of the 2008 Olympic trials. He was also a member of the NCAA champion distance medley relay in 2007.

"I had all the confidence in the world," said second-place Pat Casey. "I might have made my move a little early and I kind of ran out of steam."

Carter will race in the final of the women's 400 hurdles on Sunday. Stanford sophomore Valarie Allman, who competes in the discus, will also compete.

Allman finished second in each the Pac-12 championships and NCAA West Prelims and was 21st at the NCAA championships. She set a freshman discus record, eventually finishing with a career-best 187-7, third on Stanford's all-time list. Patty Purpur held the previous record since 1986.

Allman was the national high school leader in the discus with a best of 184-2 at the Texas Relays, where she set the meet record by 34 feet.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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