Xavier Carter

USA Track and Field

Carter

Events:  Sprints
Height:  6-3
Weight:  170
PRs:  100m – 10.00 (2008), 200m - 19.63 (2006), 400m - 44.53 (2006)
Born:  1985
Current Residence:  Orlando, Fla.
High School:  Palm Bay (Melbourse, Fla.) HS ‘04
College:  Louisiana State ‘08
Coach:  Brooks Johnson
Agent:  Chris Layne

Sponsor:  Nike
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Career Highlights:   USA Championships

3rd at 2010 USA Outdoors 200m (20.29)
 
Collegiate Championships
2006 NCAA Outdoor champion – 100m (10.09), 400m (44.53), 4x100m relay (38.44), 4x400m relay (3:01.58)
2006 NCAA Indoor champion – 400m (45.58), 4x400m relay (3:04.01)
2006 NCAA Indoor 200m runner-up (20.39)
2006 NCAA Mideast Regional champion – 100m, 400m
2006 SEC Outdoor champion – 200m, 400m
2006 SEC Indoor champion – 400m, 4x400m
2005 NCAA Outdoor 4x400m relay champion (2:59.59)
2005 NCAA Mideast Regional champion (20.02)
2005 NCAA Outdoor 200m runner-up (20.08)
2005 SEC Outdoor 200m champion (20.16)
 
Awards and Honors
10-time NCAA All-American
2006 NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year
2006 NCAA Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year
2006 SEC Male Athlete of the Year
Four individual LSU school records – Indoor: 200m (20.30), 400m (45.28); Outdoor: 100m (10.09), 200m (20.02)
Two relay school records at LSU (anchor) – Indoor: 4x400m relay (3:04.01); Outdoor: 4x400m (2:59.59)
 
About Xavier
A native of Melbourne, Fla., Carter made history at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He became the first athlete since Jesse Owens in 1936 to win four titles at a single NCAA Outdoor Championship and the first athlete ever to win both the 100-meter and 400-meter at an NCAA Championships. During his freshman indoor season he set a new LSU school record in the 200 meters on three separate occasions. Carter finished up his sophomore season as a wide receiver on the Tigers' 2006 football team, playing in 10 games, including the Tigers' 40-3 win over Miami in the Peach Bowl. He finished the season with four catches for 86 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown reception in LSU's win over North Texas. He came to LSU as one of the most coveted recruits in the country. Running the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes, he won nine Florida state titles, 10 regional, district and county crowns and nine Cape Coast Conference titles. He is the only athlete in Florida history to win state titles in the 100, 200 and 400 in back-to-back years (2003 and 2004). As a senior he set the national record in the indoor 200, clocking 20.69 to become the first high school athlete to run under 21 seconds indoors. He was named the USA Track and Field, NIKE, Gatorade and National High School Coaches Association, Track and Field Athlete of the Year during both his junior and senior seasons. Carter has been "running fast to win" since he was 13 years old. That was when he first started to take track seriously. He admits that athletics was never his first love and at first he wasn't even that good at it. In fact, he was "lured" into it by his father, Ken, as a way to get faster and fitter for his main sporting obsessions: American football, basketball and baseball. "I was one of the slowest guys at first," he says of his early races as a schoolboy in Melbourne, Florida, where he grew up. "I really wasn't interested in track. You could see there was talent there but I was kind of a lazy kid and just wanted to play football. I would lose. "Then after a couple of years I thought 'If I'm going to be in it, why not win?' So I began to work and became one of the quickest in the state. The track coach (Gary Evans) pulled it out of me."