May 9, 2008
Carter darts to two titles
By Andy Greder
ELK RIVER, Minn. — Josh Carter kept a Duluth
high school sprint tradition alive Saturday.
The Duluth Denfeld senior became the third straight
Duluthian to win the 100-meter event at the Section 7AA track and
field boys meet.
Carter won the 100 in a school-record 10.98 seconds
and the 400 in 50.27 seconds at Elk River High School.
In 2006, East’s Garrett Cora took the section
title in 10.91 and the Minnesota Class AA championship in 11.35.
In 2007, Central’s Chris Anderson won the
section in 10.97. In the state finals, Cora finished fifth and Anderson
“Chris Anderson and Garrett Cora inspired
me a lot,” said Carter, who placed second in the 200 in 22.66.
The Class AA state meet is June 6-7 at Hamline
University in St. Paul. The top two finishers in each event plus
those matching qualifying standards advanced Saturday.
Carter missed last year’s section meet because
of a two-day school suspension, but Denfeld coach Frank Huie said
Carter has matured a lot in a year.
The 18-year-old now has a B scholastic average
and focuses his attention on running.
“He is highly motivated,” said Huie,
who also coached Carter in football. “He didn’t get
his goal last year, but he worked extremely hard for [Saturday].”
Last year, the 5-foot-10, 140-pound Carter was
seeded No. 1 in the 400 and No. 3 in the 100 and 200, but didn’t
compete because of the suspension.
“I’m just glad he made it [to state],”
Carter was focused Saturday.
“I was asking myself on the [drive] down,
‘Am I really as fast as I think I am? Am I able to run as
fast as these kids?’ ” Carter said of his first section
finals. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. I kept
Carter recited “I’m the quickest,”
a line from Jamaican Asafa Powell, who set the 100-meter world record
of 9.74 last September.
On Saturday, Carter got a second chance and made
the most of it.