BATON ROUGE -- LSU sprint sensation Xavier Carter was honored by the state legislature Friday with a resolution acknowledging his tremendous accomplishments at last week’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Palm Bay, Fla., native became the first athlete since Jesse Owens in 1936 to win four titles at one NCAA Championships, claiming top honors in the 100 meters, 400 meters and 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays.
Carter was first recognized in the House by state representative Michael L. Jackson for becoming just the first athlete in the 85-year history of the NCAA Championships to win both the 100 and 400 meters at the national meet, securing a personal best and school record in the 100 meters (10.09) and another personal best and NCAA-leading time in the 400 meters (44.53).
“I would like to thank the city of Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana for recognizing my accomplishments,” said Carter following the reading of the resolution.
In the senate chamber, Senator Robert Barham again recognized Carter for his outstanding athletic achievements.
He was honored for bringing credit upon himself, his team and his university with his enormous talent, strength, spirit and truly humble nature as he gave credit to his teammates and coaches in the aftermath of his historic victories.
In addition, he was honored for distinguishing himself both on and off the field of competition by word and deed for serving as a role model of dedication and discipline to American’s society.
In addition, Carter was greeted by Governor Kathleen Blanco where she was equally complimentary of his exceptional athletic accomplishments.