Courtesy of USA Track & Field
INDIANAPOLIS -- Sophomore Xavier Carter of LSU has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning four titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last weekend in Sacramento, Calif.
Additionally, Carter was named the USAToday.com U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Week.
The 2005 NCAA Outdoor 200m runner-up, Carter started the weekend running the second leg of LSU's 4x100m relay team that won the national title in 38.44 seconds. He continued with a 10.09 seconds victory in the 100m dash, then turned around 30 minutes later and won the 400m in 44.53 seconds. Carter closed the weekend by anchoring the LSU 4x400m relay team, to the national title in 3 minutes 1.58 seconds.
With his performance in Sacramento, Carter becomes the first athlete since Jesse Owens (100m, 200m, long jump, 220 yard hurdles) in 1936 to win four titles at a single NCAA Outdoor Championship and the first athlete ever to win both the 100m and the 400m at an NCAA Championships.
Other notable performers at the 2006 NCAA Championships were USC seniors Virginia Powell and Jesse Williams in the women's 100m hurdles and men's high jump, respectively. Powell broke her own collegiate record in a world-leading time of 12.48 seconds. She had set the previous record of 12.55 the day before in the semifinals. 2005 NCAA Outdoor High Jump Champion Jesse Williams defended his title Friday clearing 2.32m/7 feet 7.25 inches. Williams is now tied with Svatoslav Ton from the Czech Republic for the leading clearance in the world this year.
Also at Sacramento, University of Tennessee junior Aries Merritt equaled the world-leader in the men's 110 meter hurdles with his winning performance of 13.21 seconds.
Elsewhere, 2004 World Indoor Champion Christian Cantwell won the men's shot put on Sunday with a world-leading toss of 22.45m/73-8 at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Gateshead, England.
Now in its sixth year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2006 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 3, Walt Henning; January 10, Amandi Rhett; January 17, Kevin Eastler; January 24, Marisa Hanson; January 31, Me'Lisa Barber; February 7, Reese Hoffa; February 14, Wallace Spearmon; February 21, Ryan Hall; February 28, Terrence Trammell; March 7, Ryan Harlan; March 14, Walter Davis; March 21, Bill Collins; March 28, Johnnye Valien; April 4, Deena Kastor; April 11, Trey Hardee; April 18, Meb Keflezighi; April 25, Deena Kastor; May 2, Alan Webb; May 9, Bershawn Jackson; May 16, Justin Gatlin; May 23, Kim Kreiner; May 30, Bryan Clay; June 6, Sanya Richards; June 13, Xavier Carter.
BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING JUNE 11
100 - 10.09 Xavier Carter (LSU) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
200 - 20.30 Walter Dix (Florida State) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
400 - 44.53 Xavier Carter (LSU) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
800 - 1:46.29 Ryan Brown (Washington) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
1500 - 3:34.71 Bernard Lagat (Nike) - Gateshead, ENG 6/11
3000 - 7:55.06 Thomas Morgan (ZAP Fitness) - Richmond, CAN 6/6 U.S. leader
3000SC - 8:34.10 Josh McAdams (BYU) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
5000 - 13:55.73 Seth Summerside (Arkansas) - Sacramento, CA 6/7
10,000 - 28:48.17 Seth Pilkington (Weber State) - Sacramento, CA 6/8
110H - 13.21 Aries Merritt (Tennessee) - Sacramento, CA 6/9 =World leader
400H - 48.25 Michael Tinsley (Jackson State) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
HJ - 2.32/7-7.25 Jesse Williams (USC) - Sacramento, CA 6/9 =World leader
PV - 5.85/19-2.25 Brad Walker (Nike) - Gateshead, ENG 6/11 U.S. leader
LJ - 8.17/26-9.75 Miguel Pate (Nike) - Turin, ITA 6/6
TJ - 17.29/56-8.75 Kenta Bell (Nike) - Geneva, SUI 6/11
SP - 22.45/73-8 Christian Cantwell (Nike) - Gateshead, ENG 6/11 =World leader
DT - 59.64/195-8 Adam Kuehl (Arizona) - Sacramento, CA 6/9
HT - 70.02/230-4 Nick Owens (North Carolina) - Sacramento, CA 6/9
JT - 74.18/243-4 Justin Ryncavage (North Carolina) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
Dec - 7870 Jake Arnold (Arizona) - Sacramento, CA 6/8
100 - 11.06 Torri Edwards (Nike) - Gateshead, ENG 6/11
200 - 22.25 Sanya Richards (Nike) - Gateshead, ENG 6/11 U.S. leader
400 - 51.39 Shana Cox (Penn State) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
800 - 2:02.07 Rebekah Noble (Oregon) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
1500 - 4:14.63 Amy Lia (Washington) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
3000SC - 9:53.04 Jenny Barringer (Colorado) - Sacramento, CA 6/9
5000 - 16:05.93 Molly Huddle (Notre Dame) - Sacramento, CA 6/9
10,000 - 32:54.72 Victoria Jackson (Arizona State) - Sacramento, CA 6/8
100H - 12.48 Ginnie Powell (USC) - Sacramento, CA 6/9 Collegiate Record, World Leader
400H - 54.47 Markita James (Auburn) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
HJ - 1.98/6-6 Chaunte Howard (Nike) - Gateshead, ENG 6/11
PV - 4.45/14-7.25 Jillian Schwartz (Nike) - Jonesboro, AR 6/7 & Niki McEwen (Team XO) - Victoria, CAN 6/11
LJ - 6.52/21-4.75 Grace Upshaw (Nike) - Gateshead, ENG 6/11
TJ - 13.66/44-9.75 Erica McLain (Stanford) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
SP - 18.32/60-1.25 Laura Gerraughty (North Carolina) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
DT - 55.25/181-3 Amarachi Ukabam (Southern Illinois) - Sacramento, CA 6/7
HT - 64.69/212-3 Brittany Hinchcliffe (Oregon) - Sacramento, CA 6/10
JT - 58.00/190-3 Dana Pounds (Air Force Academy) - Sacramento, CA 6/9
Hep - 5939 Jacquelyn Johnson (Arizona State) - Sacramento, CA 6/10