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  • Did Lashawn Merritt and Xavier Carter race in High School?

    If so, results?

    Thanks.

  • #2
    Did Lashawn Merritt and Xavier Carter race in High School?

    I found no results in my old editions of eTN. Although both of them lived in the Southeast & graduated in 2004 they probably didn't race.

    Carter was injured part of 2004. His best 200 was indoors & his best 400 was in early May while Merritt's best 400 was in mid-July.

    Sorry.
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    • #3
      Gleason,

      Thanks for checking it out.

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      • #4
        They've only met three times, period: 200 and 400 wins by X in '06 and a 200 win by Merritt in '07.

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        • #5
          They almost seemed to "duck" each other throughout HS. But I distinctly remember there being a "virtual" comp going on with who would get the better times each weekend. (X usually had the slightly better times by a whisker.)

          They both could have gone to the Adidas Outdoors 11th- or 12th-grade years, but somehow missed each other. At the 2004 USATF Juniors (when both had recently graduated), only LM ran. LM then went on to World Juniors in Italy and won 3 golds, while X was presumably doing double-days with the FB squad in some Louisiana swamp.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by richxx87
            They both could have gone to the Adidas Outdoors 11th- or 12th-grade years, but somehow missed each other. At the 2004 USATF Juniors (when both had recently graduated), only LM ran. LM then went on to World Juniors in Italy and won 3 golds, while X was presumably doing double-days with the FB squad in some Louisiana swamp.
            It's ironic that both of them won 200/400m @ the Adidas Outdoor meet in suceeding years (X in '03 and LaShawn in '04):

            http://www.nationalscholastic.org/nikeo ... esult/113/

            Boys 200 Meter Dash
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            Name Year School Finals Wind
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            Finals
            1 Xavier Carter 04 Palm Bay, FL 20.77 0.2
            2 Michael Grant 04 Stone Mountain, GA 20.97 0.2
            3 Carey LaCour 03 Humble, TX 21.31 0.2
            4 Kevin Okolie 04 Dix Hills, NY 21.51 0.2
            5 Terrance Burton 03 Chesapeake, VA 21.61 0.2
            6 Adian Sanderson 04 Ewing, NJ 21.67 0.2
            7 Darius Acker 03 Atlanta, GA 21.88 0.2
            8 Anthony Wiseman 05 Temple Hills, MD 21.97 0.2 Boys 400 Meter Run
            ================================================== ===========
            Name Year School Finals H#
            ================================================== ===========
            1 Xavier Carter 04 Palm Bay, FL 45.97 3
            2 Elzie Coleman 04 Newburgh, NY 46.33 3
            3 Reginald Witherspoon 03 Marietta, GA 46.39 3
            4 Ricardo Chambers 04 Lake Park, FL 47.00 3
            5 Mark Teter 03 San Antonio, TX 47.12 3
            6 Keith Hinnant 04 Bay Shore, NY 47.14 3
            7 Drew Eckman 03 Oxford, PA 47.24 2
            8 Lance Wigfall 03 East Orange, NJ 47.46 3
            9 Terrance Burton 03 Chesapeake, VA 47.67 1
            10 Keith Taylor 04 Elizabeth, NJ 47.68 1


            http://www.nationalscholastic.org/nikeo ... esult/112/

            Boys 200 Meter Dash
            ================================================== ===========
            National: ! 20.13 5/11/1985 Roy Martin, Roosevelt, Dallas, TX
            Meet: @ 20.77 6/14/2003 Xavier Carter, Palm Bay, Melbourne
            Freshman: # 20.99 8/9/2002 J-Mee Samuels, MtTabor, Wins-Salem
            Sophomore: $ 20.78 2000 Brendan Christian, Reagan, Austin,
            Junior: % 20.28 1984 Roy Martin, Roosevelt, Dallas, TX
            Senior: * 20.13 5/11/1985 Roy Martin, Roosevelt,Dallas, TX
            Name Year School Finals Wind
            ================================================== ===========
            Finals
            1 LaShawn Merritt 04 Portsmouth, VA 20.80# +0.0
            2 Cedric Goodman 04 Newnan, GA 20.92# +0.0
            3 Neksy Metelus 04 Coral Springs, FL 21.31 +0.0
            4 Edino Steele 05 Brooklyn, NY 21.56 +0.0
            5 Willie Perry 05 Lenoir, NC 21.68 +0.0
            6 Imani Butler 04 St. Louis, MO 21.75 +0.0
            7 Michael Ray Garvin 05 Upper Saddle River, 21.76 +0.0
            -- J-Mee Samuels 05 Winston-Salem,, NC DNS +0.0
            -- Michael Grant 04 Snellville, GA DNS +0.0


            Boys 400 Meter Run
            ================================================== ===========
            National: ! 44.69 7/24/1982 Darrell Robinson, Wilson, Tacoma
            Meet: @ 45.74 6/14/1997 Brandon Couts, Greenville, TX
            Freshman: # 46.55 1985 William Reed, Central, Phila, PA
            Sophomore: $ 45.14 1995 Obea Moore, Muir, Pasadena, CA
            Junior: % 45.17 1987 William Reed, Central, Phila, PA
            Senior: * 44.69 7/24/1982 Darrell Robinson, Wilson, Tacoma
            Name Year School Finals H#
            ================================================== ===========
            1 LaShawn Merritt 04 Portsmouth, VA [email protected] 3
            2 Cedric Goodman 04 Newnan, GA 46.08# 3
            3 Elzie Coleman 04 Newburgh, NY 46.30# 3
            4 Reuben McCoy 04 Sicklerville, NJ 46.81 3
            5 Zach Logan 04 Trotwood, OH 47.17 3
            6 Shaquan Brown 06 Paterson, NJ 47.67 2
            7 Randy Lee 06 Upper Marlboro, MD 47.71 3
            8 Garrett Blakely 04 Pacolet, SC 48.20 2
            9 Michael Rhue 04 Columbia, SC 48.89 3

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            • #7
              Did Lashawn Merritt and Xavier Carter race in High School?

              Originally posted by ALLSpeed
              Gleason,

              Thanks for checking it out.
              ALLSpeed,

              You are welcome. It was fun looking at the High School performances of current stars.
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              • #8
                LM and X ran in Greensboro 200s yesterday, separate sections.

                LM 20.17 legal (which also happens to be world lead)
                X 20.33 windy

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by gh
                  LM and X ran in Greensboro 200s yesterday, separate sections.

                  LM 20.17 legal (which also happens to be world lead)
                  X 20.33 windy
                  I'm not a sprint expert, so I would appreciate any response (positive or negative) to these thoughts:

                  1. When "RQ" reported that "X-Man" had withdrawn from the Florida Relays 400 because of "rumored hanstring issues," I had feared that 2009 would be as injury-riddled as 2007 & 2008 were for him. I had worried that he would be unable to run even a single 400 race until June. I assume that running a 200 is far more stressful on a tender hamstring than running a 400 is.

                  2. His 20.33w (2.3) proves to me that he is ready to run a sub-45 400 by the time that he runs at Adidas if he runs a couple of 400s before then. I make that assumption because he ran 45.75 shortly before running 20.96 into a 2.8 wind.

                  3. Merritt was quoted as saying a month or two ago (if my memory is correct) that he wants to run more 200s and fewer 400s in 2009. In addition, Wariner's schedule has his running 200 at USAT&F. This should improve their 400 times.

                  4. IF Bolt continues to run well, "X-Man" will probably run 400 at USAT&F. Because Clement has a bye, he may also run 400 there. "X-Man, Clement, Wariner and Merritt could have exciting duels at 400 this Summer.

                  5. USAT&F schedule has 200 heats about two hours before 400 final. Four years ago, "X-Man" ran 20.08 an hour before 44.0r at the NCAA. I think that he could run 20.5 two hours before a 400 PR at the 2009 USAT&F. That way, IF he makes the team in both events, he could choose his best event for Berlin.
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                  • #10
                    I think X should be happy with that time.

                    He kicked off some of the dirt that people had begun to bury him in.
                    The fool has said...there is no God. Psa 14

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TrackDaddy
                      I think X should be happy with that time.

                      He kicked off some of the dirt that people had begun to bury him in.
                      I agree 100% AND I'm happy with the time.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Gleason
                        4. IF Bolt continues to run well, "X-Man" will probably run 400 at USAT&F. Because Clement has a bye, he may also run 400 there. "X-Man, Clement, Wariner and Merritt could have exciting duels at 400 this Summer.
                        That's a team, that if fully fit, could break the 4x400m relay WR.

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                        • #13
                          Imagine Wariner chasing that 42,9 split on the anchor.

                          I think a realistic split and line up would look like this: Merritt (43,95), Carter (43,8), Clement (44,4), Wariner (43,1) -- yielding 2.55,25. USA ran 2.56 and 2.55 in their last two world champs. WR would ride with Clement's leg. Slow(er) split for Carter, because he's not anchoring, and he has a commanding lead; he's no Watts, who always looked like he was looking half-way around the track before he rolled off the first bend. I also don't belive Carter would be 110% for this race.

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                          • #14
                            as for "not anchoring" meaning slower: in the 10 fastest 4x4s in history (ignoring all the contaminated races), one finds that in only 4 of them was the anchor faster than the second leg! In 5 the second leg was faster and in one they were equal.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gh
                              as for "not anchoring" meaning slower: in the 10 fastest 4x4s in history (ignoring all the contaminated races), one finds that in only 4 of them was the anchor faster than the second leg! In 5 the second leg was faster and in one they were equal.
                              Probably second legs are fast, because that's the last leg anyone is close to them?

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