BATON ROUGE -- LSU sprinter Xavier Carter picked up another accolade Wednesday as he was named the SEC Men's Outdoor Runner of the Year in a vote by league coaches. The conference honor is his second of the season as he was recognized as the indoor runner of the year in April.
With the NCAA Outdoor Championships still to go, Carter has already turned in an impressive outdoor campaign, posting the nation's top times in the 200 (20.13) and 400 (44.84) meters, as well as the sixth-fastest mark in the 100 meters (10.08 wind-aided).
Carter is also undefeated in open events this outdoor season, most recently picking up a pair of SEC titles in the 200 and 400 meters before winning the 100 and 400 meters at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. The six-time All-American's double at the conference meet put him among elite company as he was just the third athlete in SEC history, and the first in 36 years, to accomplish the feat.
In addition, Carter is a key contributor to the Tigers' 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams that are each undefeated this season and ranked No. 1 nationally with NCAA-best times of 38.89 and 3:02.21.
The LSU track and field team wraps up their season this week at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif.