The meet got under way Wednesday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Carter's race, the 400-meter hurdles, starts with the first round on Friday evening, and then jumps to the semifinals on Saturday and the finale on Sunday.
Carter's goal is to get to the World Championships in Moscow in mid-August, a goal that is within reach. All she has to do is place among the top three, since she already has the qualifying mark. The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro aren't that far-fetched either for Carter.
"I just want to focus on the present and get the job done now," Carter said. "I had a cool freshman year and have all the hurdles record. Now I'm going to make those untouchable."
Carter, named as a semifinalist for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field's highest annual honor, is not only the NCAA champion in her main event but also owns the fastest time (53.21) run in the world to date. That, however, carries very little weight for Carter.
"Having the best time or the third-best time doesn't matter until I get to the worlds and race against these people," Carter said. "I have to do it when it matters."
She's been racing like it matters all season, going undefeated in the event while competing against an Olympian and shaving more than three seconds off her personal best.
"This is why I've intensified my work ethic in a lot of different areas," Carter said. "I've been hitting times in practice and doing the little things."
It's been those little things that helped Carter become Stanford's first NCAA champion since Erica McLain won the women's triple jump in 2008.
Carter's name will be added to the Walls of Fame, which features every Stanford collegiate champion, and is on display at Templeton Plaza, located on the west end of Cobb Track and Angell Field.
The U.S. championships also will feature the debut of USA Track and Field's fully branded internet broadcasting outlet, USATF.TV. With 50 hours of webcasting coverage and nine hours of national television coverage, it marks USATF's most aggressive national media distribution of a national championship to date.
"This weekend is just the start of our aggressive digital media strategy, which will build throughout the summer and into 2014," said USATF CEO Max Siegel. "Fans will find more and more sophisticated event coverage, as well as a range of creative programming and behind-the-scenes footage as we continue to develop USATF.TV."
The webcast will complement USATF's robust TV coverage for the meet, which begins Friday and includes nine hours of coverage on ESPN, Universal Sports, the NBC Sports Network and NBC. During the live TV broadcasts, the webcast will switch to field event coverage.
In addition to Carter, Stanford will have three other current athletes competing in Des Moines: Michael Atchoo in the men's 1,500, Brianna Bain in the women's javelin and Amy Weissenbach in the women's 800.
Former Cardinal men entered include Russell Brown (1,500), Chris Derrick (5,000 and 10,000), Brendan Gregg (10,000), Elliott Heath (5,000), Garrett Heath (5,000) and Jacob Riley (10,000). Sara (Bei) Hall will represent the former Cardinal women in the steeplechase.
Stanford recruit Valarie Allman will compete in the women's discus, where her qualifying mark is 184-2. She'll also compete at the U.S. Junior Nationals, which are being held concurrently with the senior meet. Weissenbach also will go in the junior meet.
Other current Cardinal athletes entered in the junior meet include Kevin Bishop (1,500 and 5,000), Justin Brinkley (1,500), Will Drinkwater (1,500), Thomas Graham (5,000), Megan Lacy (5,000) and Claudia Saunders (800). Incoming freshmen entered include Dylan Duvio (pole vault), Sean McGorty (1,500), Thomas Rigby (800) and Megan Glasmann (javelin).
Stanford sophomore Jordan Burgess and incoming freshmen Kelsey Humphreys and Merete Lutz were among the 12 players selected to the U.S. Women's Junior National Team (WJNT). The squad will compete at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women's U20 World Championship being held June 21-30 in the city of Brno, Czech Republic.
Burgess, who was an All-Pac-12 Conference and All-Freshman selection in 2012, will serve as the team captain. Stanford associate head coach Denise Corlett also will be making the trip as the team manager.
Team USA opens Pool C versus Bulgaria on Friday, followed by Brazil on Saturday, Mexico on Monday and Russia on Tuesday.
The Junior National team would love to repeat what the national senior team accomplished in Lima, Peru last weekend.
Stanford grad Kristin Richards Hildebrand recorded a team-high nine kills to help the USA successfully defend its Pan American Cup title on Sunday.
The Americans beat the Dominican Republic, 25-12, 25-20, 25-18, for their second straight title and third overall.
Stanford grad Cassidy Lichtman, who produced six kills in the Americans' semifinal win over Brazil, was a substitute in the final two sets.
Men's water polo
Stanford junior Alex Bowen scored twice in regulation and again in the shootout as the United States men's national water polo team dropped a 13-11 decision to Montenegro in the bronze-medal match of the FINA World League Super Final in Chelyabinsk, Russia on Sunday.
The U.S. will compete in the FINA World Championships beginning July 22 in Barcelona, Spain. The Americans are scheduled to play Croatia, South Africa and Canada in the preliminary round.
Michael Rosenthal scored with a second remaining in regulation to force the shootout. The U.S. missed its first two penalty shots, allowing Montenegro to take the advantage. Bowen scored to draw within 2-1, but Montenegro scored again and clinched when the final U.S. shot failed.
Bowen scored the Americans' first two goals, both in the first period. Rosenthal led the U.S. with three goals.
Stanford's Dwight Powell recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Canadian men's national developmental team beat Latvia, 93-38, in Wuji, China on Tuesday to complete the Four Nations International Invitational Tournament with a 9-0 mark.
Team Canada next plays at the FISU Summer Universiade (a.k.a. World University Games) , with men's basketball competition scheduled to begin July 6 in Kazan, Russia.
Powell , who averaged a team-best 14.9 points and was second with 8.4 rebounds per game this past season, could see a pair of Stanford teammates in Russia. Josh Huestis and Chasson Randle were invited to the World University Games Team training camp, scheduled for June 24-30at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Americans' roster will be selected from among the 29 who were invited to the camp by the U.S. Junior National team.