Bethesda Academy’s Samuel Jones Carter capped off a successful track season by signing a track scholarship to attend Catawba College. The ceremony took place on May 8 at the Diamond Dining Hall on the Bethesda campus.
A large crowd of Carter’s family, and friends witnessed the ceremony.
“I wanted to put my family in a better situation,” he said.
Carter’s success in track took place even though the school has no track facility. However, Bethesda athletes were allowed to use the Savannah State University track facilities for practice. Bethesda athletic director Antwain Turner and track coach Clevan Thompson are both SSU graduates who also played football for the institution.
This season, Carter won the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) championship in the triple jump and placed third in the long jump. He had a personal best and school record leap of 44-01.50 in the triple jump while recording a 20- 03.50 in the long jump.
On March 7, at the Porter Gaud meet in Charleston, he won the long jump (19-06) while placing second in the triple jump (39-11). Carter won first place in the triple jump with a leap of 41-9 at the Tiger Relays in Hinesville on March 17.
During the 2017 season at the SCISA Championships, Carter was second in the triple jump (39.10.5), fourth in the 400m hurdles (1:14.61) and seventh in the long jump (18-3.50).
“We are very excited to have Samuel joining our program next year. He brings a great all-around presents to the team with both his academics and his athletic ability,” said Catawba track coach Jason Bryan. “He will make an immediate impact in the jump events and is someone we are looking to in the near future for leadership,” added Bryan.
The 5-foot-11 Carter was also a member of the Bethesda basketball team, averaging 11 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game. The team finished with a 18-5 record and made it to the second round of the state playoffs.
Turner had nothing but good things to say about Carter. “He has been a great kid in our program.” The athletic director added that Carter is hardworking and is fun to be around.
What may have aided to Carter being successful is the fact that his father owns his own gym which is located on Waters Avenue.
Carter is the son of Samuel Carter and Kesha Gibson-Carter. His dad is a former standout athlete at Savannah High School and Savannah State. He currently works at Savannah College of Art and Design as the Director of Fitness and head strength and conditioning coach while his mother is executive director of the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire.
The younger Carter states that going to his father’s gym helped his jumps this year.Carter is also doing a great job in the classroom where he has a 3.3 grade point average.
Catawba is a Division II program that competes in the South Atlantic Conference. Located in Salisbury, North Carolina, the institution is affiliated with the United Church of Christ.