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LSU’s Xavier Carter Wins NCAA 100 and 400 Meter Championships

Xavier Carter did something no one has done: Won the NCAA 100 and 400 meter championships.

Xavier Carter of LSU became the first person to win the 100 and 400 meters at an NCAA track and field championships on Saturday, running down the competition in races just 31 minutes apart. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound sophomore, who also plays football for the Tigers, had personal bests in both events — a school-record 10.09 seconds in the 100, followed by a 44.53 in the 400.

Carter had intended to run the 200 and 400, but changed his plans because of the crowded meet schedule. He had run only one 100 since high school before coming to the NCAA meet.

His exhausting final day was not done. He left the track to prepare for the meet’s final event, the 1,600 relay. On Friday, he ran the second leg of LSU’s winning 400-meter relay team.

Carter burst through over the final 30 meters to beat defending champion Walter Dix of Florida State in the 100. He broke out of the blocks slowly and was well behind Dix halfway through the race, but his late burst gave him the victory in 10.09 seconds. Dix, also a sophomore, was second. Demi Omole of Wisconsin was third in 10.21.

That’s quite impressive. The 400 meter is at the crossroads between sprints and endurance events whereas the 100 winner is “the world’s fastest man.” Putting those together, let alone in a single weekend, is stunning.

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