The U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded on Sunday with a Stanford highlight as 2013 grad Kori Carter earned a berth on her first U.S. national team.
Carter's third-place finish in the women's 400-meter hurdles ensured passage to the IAAF World Championships in Beijing (Aug. 22-30). The 2014 U.S. champ and 2013 NCAA champ qualified for a major international meet -- the World Championships or Olympics -- for the first time.
The day also was notable for being the final race in a Stanford uniform for fifth-year seniors Jessica Tonn and Erik Olson. Tonn, third in the recent NCAA Championships, placed 17th in the women's 5,000 in 16:02.71. Olson, a five-time All-America, was 19th in the men's 5,000, in 14:17.46.
Garrett Heath ('09), a former Cardinal standout and assistant coach, was fourth in the men's 5,000 in 13:51.61.
The meet was notable in several ways for Stanford's current athletes as well: Two sophomores placed among the top 10 in the U.S. senior championships, three Cardinal advanced to the Pan Am Junior Championships as top-two finishers among U.S. juniors, including Harrison Williams, who won the decathlon and nearly set a national junior record.
On Saturday, Stanford's Dylan Duvio placed ninth in the men's pole vault at 17-8 1/2, and Valarie Allman was 10th in the women's discus at 184-1. Cardinal grad Summer Pierson ('00) was fourth in the same discus competition.
Allman, fifth at NCAA's, was competing in her third U.S. senior championships and has improved her placed each year, from 15th in 2013, to 12th last year. This was Duvio's first U.S. senior championship meet. Duvio was third at the NCAA championships.
In the women's junior 400 on Saturday, Olivia Baker was third and qualified for the Pan Am Junior 4x400 relay team. Baker's time of 53.28 was a Stanford freshman record and moved her up from No. 8 to No. 6 on Stanford's all-time list. It broke the frosh mark of 53.83 set by Keisha Gaines in 2004. It also was a season best for Baker by 0.84 seconds.
In the junior men's 3,000 steeplechase, freshman Steven Fahy placed second in 9:15.58 to earn passage to the Pan Am meet in Edmonton (July 31-Aug. 2).
On Friday, Williams won the junior decathlon with a score of 8,001 points, the third-highest in U.S. junior history and finished within 17 points of the U.S. record. He'll have a chance break it in Edmonton.