Carter to the front of freshman class

LSU sprinter Xavier Carter was named the SEC Men's Outdoor Freshman Runner of the Year it was announced Monday by the league office.

The conference award is the second of the season for Carter who was also named the SEC's Indoor Freshman Runner of the Year in April.

Carter capped an impressive inaugural campaign two weeks ago at the NCAA Championships where he anchored the men's squad to the national title in the 4x400-meter relay. Clocking a 44.0-second split on the final leg, the Melbourne, Fla., native guided the Tigers to a new collegiate record in the event (2:59.59), breaking the 17-year old mark of 2:59.91 set by UCLA in 1988.

Individually, Carter came up just shy of a second national title, earning NCAA runner-up honors in the 200 meters with a time of 20.08. The 2005 SEC and NCAA Mideast Regional champion in the event, Carter's personal-best and school record time of 20.02 at the conference meet ranks as the third fastest in the world this season.

In addition, Carter ran the second leg on the Tigers' 4x100-meter relay team that earned All-SEC, All-Mideast Region and All-America honors.

Carter continues his season this weekend when he travels to Carson, Calif., for the USA Championships at the Home Depot Center.

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