Two former Stanford NCAA champs set for World Championships


Kori Carter and Ekaterini (Katerina) Stefanidi, NCAA women's track and field champions at Stanford, are competing at the IAAF World Championships, which begin Saturday (local time) at the Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing, China.

Carter ('14) of the United States and Stefanidi ('12) of Greece were teammates at Stanford in 2011 and 2012, but represent different countries. This marks their world championship appearance, though it's Stefanidi's second major international competition, having competed at the 2012 London Olympics.

Carter will debut on Sunday in the heats of the 400-meter hurdles. Her lifetime best is 53.21 and her season best is 54.41, which ranks her No. 11 in the world this outdoor season.

At Stanford, she won 2013 NCAA outdoor championship in a collegiate record of 53.21 in Eugene, Ore. She also was second in the 100 hurdles in the same meet, running 12.79. She was named the Pac-12 Women's Track Athlete of the Year in 2013 and was one of three finalists for The Bowerman award, track and field's Heisman.

Carter was a nine-time All-American and remains the current Stanford recordholder in the 100 hurdles (12.76), 400 hurdles (53.21), 4x100 relay (44.07), and indoor 60 hurdles (8.17).

She won the 2013 Pac-12 400 hurdles title and went undefeated in eight races in the 400 hurdles that year.

Carter ranks as the No. 6 all-time performer on the U.S. 400 hurdles list, winning the 2014 U.S. title in Sacramento (53.84). She was third in this year's U.S. Championships (54.41). She ranked No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 7 in the world by Track & Field News in 2013 and No. 4 in the U.S. for 2014.

Stefanidi also will get going Sunday, in the women's pole vault. Her lifetime best is 15-7 3/4 indoors with her outdoor best at 15-5 1/2. She's currently ranked No. 9 in the world.

At Stanford, Stefanidi won the 2012 NCAA outdoor and indoor championships, in Des Moines (14-7 1/4) and Nampa (14-3 1/4). She holds Stanford records outdoors (14-9 1/2) and indoors (14-5 1/2) and is a six-time All-America (three outdoors, three indoors), capturing three consecutive Pac-12 titles, from 2010-12.

Stefanidi was ranked No. 4 in the world for 2014 by Track & Field News, during which she equaled the Greek outdoor record of 15-5 1/2) at Monaco in 2014. She matched it on April 24 of this year in Des Moines (the record has since been broken).

Her all-time best of 15-7 3/4), a national indoor record (since broken) came on Feb. 20, 2015 in Flagstaff, Ariz. She competed at the 2012 London Olympics, but did not reach the final, finishing 14th overall at 13-11 1.4.

Should Carter and Stefanidi advance past Sunday's opening action, Carter next will run in Monday's semifinals and Stefanidi will compete in the finals on Wednesday, the same day as the 400 hurdles finale.

— Stanford Athletics

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