Chris Carter earned his chance to compete on the junior world team at the USA Championships Friday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
INDIANAPOLIS -- BYU freshmen Chris Carter and Amy Fowler will be competing for the Junior World Team after their performances at the USA Track and Field Championships Friday.
The pair will next compete for the United States at the Junior World Championships in August. The event, equivalent to the Olympics for athletes 19 and younger, will be in Beijing, China.
Carter, who took third in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships two weeks ago, won the event with a time of 50.56 seconds to join the team. His season-best time of 49.19 is the second-fastest time in BYU history behind world-record holder Ralph Mann. Carter will serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after he competes at the World Championships.
"He's very excited that he made the team and will be representing his country and BYU
at the Junior World Championships," coach Kyle Grossarth said.
Another recently crowned All-American, Fowler took second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the championships with a time of 10:18.88 for her opportunity to compete with the team. Fowler led for much of the race and stuck to her goal of finishing in the top two and securing a position on the team.
"All she needed to do was finish in the top two and qualify for the team, and she did it," coach Patrick Shane said. "She had a great race, and I'm really proud of her. It's been a wonderful year for her, to be an All-American, to do well here at USA's and now to compete for her country. She's very excited."