Events: Triple Jump, Long Jump
PRs: TJ 57-2.75 (1998); LJ 25-11.5 (1993)
Born: August 23, 1970, in Shreveport, La.
Current Residence: Shreveport, La.
High School: Captain Shreve HS, Shreveport, La. '89
College: Northwestern (Louisiana) State '93
Coach: Dean Johnson
Agent: Cubie Seegobin
Career Highlights: 3-time US Outdoor champ (2001, 1999, 1998); 2001 US Indoor champ; 2000 Olympian; 1999 World Indoor silver medalist; 1999 Pan Am silver medalist.
After missing the 1996 Olympic team by 5 inches, Carter avenged himself with a second-place finish in the triple jump at the 2000 Olympic Trials. He went on to win his third U.S. outdoor title in 2001 Carter comes from an athletic family: one brother tried out for the majors in baseball, and another was once the top-ranked prep basketball player in Louisiana. Carter started in track after breaking his arm in basketball practice as a sophomore in High School: 'I was recuperating, and the track coach asked me to come out for the team. He had me try the triple jump, and my first time, I went something like 45 feet. I had my event.' Carter, who has worked with coach Dean Johnson since 1989, earned his degree in exercise science and now serves as assistant track coach at Northwestern Louisiana. He spends his spare time with his family: wife Crystal, son Kaymin (born 1993)...eventually would like to coach at the high school level: 'That's where the talent is developed. I want to help promote the sport in the U.S. In some events, like the triple jump, we're lagging behind the rest of the world.' Continued jumping after college because 'I had a passion for it. Everybody told me I could jump farther, and my coach was very encouraging'...had his best year in 1998: 'Winning outdoor nationals was a great moment for me. I finally got the respect I was looking for.'
compete due to knee surgery.
2001: Won US Indoor TJ (16.90/55-5.50) and Outdoor TJ (17.17/56-4)did not make final at World Outdoors (16.60/54-5.50)ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 17.17/56-4.
2000: 2nd at Olympic Trials TJ (55-07.75)...failed to make Olympic final (54-0.5)...3rd at USA Indoors (54-8)...ranked 2nd in U.S. by T&FN...best of 55-7.75.
1999: Won TJ at USA Indoors (55-6.5)...won silver medal at World Indoors ...won USA Outdoors (56-3.25w)... 6th at World Champs (56-1.25)...ranked #8 in world (#1 in U.S.) by T&FN...bests of 25-2 and 56-1.25.
1998: Won USA Outdoors (57-2.75 PR)...3rd at Goodwill Games (56-0)...3rd at Zurich GP (56-9.25)...5th at GP Final (54-4.5)...5th in World Cup (56-5.25)... Missed defending his indoor national title when the event was moved from Saturday to Friday without his knowledge...ranked #6 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 57-2.75.
1997: Won USA Indoors (55-11.75)...2nd in USA Outdoors (55-0)...ranked #3 U.S. by T&FN... bests of 56-2, plus 26-2.25 (LJ).
1996: Won USA Indoors (56-2 PR)...4th in TJ at Olympic Trials (55-11.75); 20th in LJ qualifying (24-7.75)...ranked #4 U.S. by T&FN.
1995: 3rd at USA Indoors (55-0.25)...4th in Pan Am Games (55-0.25)...3rd in USA Outdoors (54-7.25)...18th in qualifying at World Champs (54-2)...3rd in World University Games (54-6.5)...ranked #3 U.S. by T&FN...best of 55-6.25.
1994: 2nd at USA Indoors (54-1.25)...4th in TJ at USA Outdoors (55-7 PR); no mark in LJ qualifying...ranked #5 U.S. by T&FN...best of 55-7.
1993: 3rd in NCAA Indoors (54-4.75)...4th in TJ (55-0.75), 10th in LJ (25-8.75w) at NCAA Outdoor...8th in TJ (54-2w) at USA Outdoors; 18th in LJ qualifying (25-1.75w)...ranked #9 U.S. by T&FN...best of 55-0.75.
1992: 11th in NCAA Indoors (52-2)...13th in qualifying at NCAA Outdoor (51-9.25w)...20th in qualifying at Olympic Trials (52-4)...best of 54-8.75.
1991: 8th in NCAA Outdoor (52-4.75w)...19th in qualifying at USA Outdoors (50-1.75)...best of 52-5.25.
1990: Did not compete; ineligible at Northwestern State.
1989: Won Louisiana HS state meet (51-1.5 MR)5th in USA Juniorsbest of 51-1.5.
1988: 2nd in Louisiana HS state meet (49-5)best of 49-5.