Stanford's Carter sets NCAA record in 400 hurdles, records fastest world time
EUGENE, Ore. -- Stanford junior Kori Carter won 400-meter hurdles in a collegiate-record 53:21 seconds Friday in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Carter broke the mark of 53.54 set by UCLA's Sheena Johnson at the NCAA outdoor championships in 2004. It was the fastest time in the world this season.
Carter bested rival Georganne Moline of Arizona, who finished second in 53.72 in sunny conditions at Oregon's Hayward Field.
Oregon junior English Gardner, who was hampered by a sore right ankle and failed to qualify in the 200 the day before, powered through the 100 to win in 10.96, the fastest college time this season.
Gardner, also the NCAA 100 champion last year, set a Pac-12 and school record with her time. It was the third-best collegiate mark ever.
After the trouble with her ankle Thursday, Gardner admitted she was ''scared out of my mind'' for the 100.
''I heard the crowd so that made me thing someone was coming,'' Gardner said. ''So that gave me a little go get 'em at the end.''
Dartmouth junior Abbey D'Agostino, who became the first woman ever to win both the 3,000 and 5,000 at the indoor championships, added the outdoor 5,000 title in the day's late event.
D'Agostino pulled away from Oregon senior Jordan Hasay in the final 300 meters and finished in 15:43.68.
''It's been a really exciting season,'' D'Agostino said. ''I've learned that I can be a little more versatile than I thought.''
Hasay, the most decorated track athlete in Oregon's history, wound up third and ended her college career without an outdoor title.
In other women's events, LSU senior Natoya Goule of LSU won the 800 in 2:00.06 and Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer defended her title in the 400 in 50.28. Her mark was the best college time this season.
Kansas sophomore Lindsay Vollmer won the women's heptathlon with 6,086 points, the best college total this season.