In the Arcadia track meet's 35-year history, no one had ever won a sprint triple until Xavier Carter did so last Saturday. He won the 100 in a personal best and blazing 10.38, the 200 in 20.85 and the 400 in 46.72.
"He actually said he got a bad start in the 100 and was behind with about 30 meters to go," Carter's father Ken told us. "He was able to muscle through and then went on and won the other two events. We were all very excited for him and he said he had a great time at the event, he loved the big crowd."
Carter, 6-3, 195 pounds and one of the nation's top wide receiver prospects, then spent Sunday taking an unofficial visit to UCLA.
"His track coach, Alonzo Jefferson, took him there and they stayed at the school from about 11:00-7:00. He loved it there," Ken said. "Jon Embree, the wide receiver coach, hosted him and took him around the campus. Xavier got to meet Coach Dorrell, the track coach and also met Monique Henderson (sprinter on women's track team). He actually talked a lot about hanging out with Monique.
"When he came home, he told me UCLA is definitely in his top five right now and he's going back there this summer for their football camp. He'll also be taking an official visit there as well. Along with UCLA, his other top five are South Carolina. He obviously wants to do both football and track in college."
As a junior, Carter was an All-State selection after catching 28 balls for 757 yards (27.0 avg.) and nine touchdowns. He attended the Nike Camp in Miami two years ago as a sophomore and clocked a 4.35 in the 40. The talented athlete also starred on the school's hoops team and averaged 17 points a game this past year.