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LSU's Carter is NCAA men's track athlete of year

6/19/2006

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU sprinter Xavier Carter was named the
NCAA Division I Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S.
Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the school
announced on Friday.

The award completes a sweep of this year's national awards for
Carter, who was also named the indoor athlete of the year in March.

The award came after the NCAA Outdoor Championships where Carter
became the first athlete to ever win both the 100 and 400 meters at
the national meet. Coupled with LSU's victories in the 4x100 and
4x400-meter relays, Carter joined Jesse Owens as the only other
athlete to ever win four events at an NCAA meet.

Carter posted a pair of personal-bests and one school record
mark. His time of 10.09 seconds in the 100-meter final shattered
his previous school record of 10.12 set in April, while his time of
44.53 in the 400 meters ranks as the second fastest time in school
history.

In all, Carter accounted for 25 of the Tigers' 51 points at the
NCAA Championships, a total that would have placed him 12th in the
final team standings alone.

In addition to his success at the national meet, Carter won the
200 and 400 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships and followed
that with victories in the 100 and 400 meters at the NCAA Mideast
Regionals.

He finished the outdoor season undefeated in the open events,
winning three 100-meter races, two 200-meter crowns and four
400-meters titles, en route to posting the fastest times in the
NCAA in both the 200 (20.13) and 400 (44.53) meters.

In addition, Carter helped the Tigers' 4x100 and 4x400-meter
relay teams to undefeated seasons as both groups won nine straight
races during the outdoor campaign.