BATON ROUGE -- LSU sprinter Xavier Carter was named the NCAA South Central Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year it was announced Thursday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Carter, who won the USTFCCCA's indoor regional award back in March, was honored again for an outstanding outdoor season that has seen him post the NCAA's top times in both the 200 (20.13) and 400 meters (44.84), as well as the nation's sixth-fastest time in the 100 meters (10.08w).
To date, Carter has picked up a pair of individual victories at both the SEC and NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, winning the 200 and 400-meter conference titles and the 100 and 400-meter regional crowns.
With the successful double at the conference championships, Carter became just the third male in SEC history, and the first since the 1970 season, to accomplish the 200-400 feat. He was also the first to claim both the 100 and 400 meter titles at the Mideast Regional.
In addition to his success in the open events Carter is also a key member of both the Tigers' 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams.
In the short relay, he has ran the second leg on the Tigers' top-ranked and undefeated squad that has strung together eight straight victories, including most recently the SEC and regional titles.
This season Carter has also been a part of the Tigers' 4x400 relay squad that is ranked No. 1 in the nation and has posted an NCAA-leading time of 3:02.21.
Carter and the LSU track and field team close out the 2006 season, June 7-10, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif.