Carter Becomes Fastest Man in School History at Alumni Gold
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE -- LSU's Xavier Carter became the first Tiger to hold the top spot at both the 100- and 200-meter distances in 26 years as the sophomore cruised to a new a new school record in the 100 meters at the Alumni Gold meet on Saturday.
Carter's time of 10.12 now gives the Palm Bay, Fla., native the fastest times in LSU history in both the short sprints. Carter's mark is also the fifth fastest time ran in the world this year.
"That was a great run for Xavier," said LSU head coach Dennis Shaver. "Especially after not running that race since his state high school meet two years ago. He's really in good shape and we're keeping him kind of rested up so I wasn't very surprised to see a time like that."
The last athlete to hold both LSU school records in the short sprints was Efrem Coley in 1980.
Carter's time qualifies him for the 100 meters, sending him to the regional meet technically qualified to compete in three individual events and two relays.
The Tigers qualified two more sprinters for the regional meet as well. Marvin Stevenson added his name to the regional list with his mark of 21.03 in the 200 meters, .03 of a second off his personal best.
All-American Austin Benton's mark of 46.97 broke the time barrier in the 400 meters to qualify him for the regional meet. LSU now has seven quarter-milers eligible to compete at the Mideast Regional in Knoxville.
"When you got a few good guys running really well, it elevates all the guys around them," said Shaver. "That's what a Kelly Willie and a Xavier Carter brings to the team. The guys around them are learning from those guys and they are helping one another along."
Senior Patrick Gavin clocked a new personal best of 3:45.03 en route to his second straight win in the 1,500 meters. The mark moves Gavin into ninth place all-time in LSU history, right behind current distance coach and former LSU standout Mark Elliot.
The women's distance program saw a pair of top ten records fall as well. Senior Megan Kliebert crossed the finish line in 4:37.31 to move into tenth place all-time on the 1,500-meter list.
Sophomore Jennifer Stark moved into tenth place all-time in the 5,000 meters with her time of 18:18.39. Stark picked up runner-up honors for her new personal best in the event.
Lady Tiger Andrea Linton moved up two spots on LSU's all-time list as well with her crown winning mark of 42-8 in the triple jump. Linton has previously jumped farther this year to regionally qualify, but the mark wasn't eligible for the all-time list due to wind-aid.
Tiger Rabun Fox picked up his first win of the season in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 188-11. The Houma, La., native trumped the field by four feet on his way to the crown.
Jessica Ohanaja claimed runner-up honors and finished first among college competitors in the women's 100-meter hurdles. The sophomore's mark of 13.18 was second only to former LSU great Lolo Jones' mark of 12.85, a new Bernie Moore Stadium record.
LSU has concluded its home schedule for the season and will begin the first leg of a seven-week long journey to the NCAA Championships in Sacramento. The squads will be on the road next week for the 112th Annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa.