Nine-time Stanford All-American Kori Carter may be back on track a year after being unable to compete in the semifinals of last year's USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Carter won her heat of the 400 hurdles Friday at the USATF championships at Sacramento State to qualify for the semifinal scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
"I felt good," Carter said. "I'm working on my stride. I definitely felt good today. I am ready for the finals."
Carter, who won her heat in 56.26, the third-fastest time overall, qualified for last year's semifinal round in the event but had to pull out due to an intestinal virus. She could not keep anything down and was dehydrated.
Carter won the NCAA title in the 400 hurdles last year with the fastest time in the world (53.21). She also finished second in the 100 hurdles. She signed with agent Wes Felix at last year's U.S. championships, giving up her final year at Stanford.
She left the program with 11 school records and three Pac-12 titles to go with her All-American status. She turned 22 earlier this month.
Cardinal senior Aisling Cuffe ran 15:13.15 to finish fourth in the women's 5,000 meters. Molly Huddle won the race in 15:01.56. Stanford grad Jessica Tonn was ninth in 15:48.31.
In the men's 5,000, Stanford grad Brendan Gregg was 13th in 13:56.18, while recent grad Erik Olson did not finish the race.