Carter's the name, winning's the game

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign Central's James Carter and Tuscola's Tyler Carter insist they're not a part of the same family.

Still, the two track stars did their surname proud Monday at the 27th annual News-Gazette Honor Roll meet on the University of Illinois campus.

"Maybe there's something I don't know about," Tyler Carter said. "But as far as I know, we're not related."

"I don't know about that, but we're both fast," James Carter said.

Tyler Carter started the event by capturing the triple jump title before setting a meet record in the long jump at 23 feet, 1 inch. Later, he cruised to the title in the 110-meter hurdles.

"I'm feeling pretty good right now," Tyler Carter said. "I got hurt out here last year, so this is good. To be out here and having success feels good."

Tuscola coach Steve Spears was pleased with Tyler Carter's performance.

"Just another day at the office for him," Spears said. "He's just the best track athlete I've seen. He's always up to something special."

James Carter ran the anchor leg on the Maroons' winning 400- and 800-meter relay teams. The junior also captured the title in the 100 in 11.39 seconds.

In the 800 relay win, Carter came from behind to edge Tuscola's Ben Edwards at the finish line.

"I had all my heart into that race," James Carter said. "I just saw them out there and I knew I had do give it everything I had to catch them in the end. Tuscola ran a good race.

"I've never won three golds in a track meet before so I'm just very excited."

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