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Former Red Oak Hawk soars high for Texas Tech

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The Ellis County Press

After a very successful high school career at Red Oak, D’Andra Carter has continued her excellence over the last four years as a member of the Red Raiders track and field team at Texas Tech University.

While at Red Oak D’Andra was a part of a high school track and field team that won two state championships.

She was named both All-District and All-American. She is the all-time leader in Texas high school history in the discuss throw with a distance of 165’-8".

Now a senior graduating this December, D’Andra has enjoyed an equally impressive stint on the college scene in both indoor and outdoor competition.

In her freshman season of indoor competition, D’Andra ended the year with a personal best distance of 47’-2.5" in the shot put at the Big 12 Championships which earned her an eighth place over-all finish and All-Conference honors.

Her outdoor freshman campaign was equally impressive with a NCAA regional qualifying mark and personal best discus throw of 179’-5" at the Big 12 Championships earning her third place over-all and setting a new Texas Tech school record.

Other accomplishments in 2006 included firsts in three different meets and a thirteenth over-all placing at the NCAA Championships along with Big 12 honors.

D’Andra used her freshmen season as the sturdy building block for incredible sophomore and junior seasons.

In 2007, her sophomore year, D’Andra garnered All-Big 12 honors in shot put and ended her indoor season with a seventh place finish at the Big 12 Championships with a distance of 48’-9".

On the outdoor stage she was named an All-American in the discus throw, earned all-conference honors as well as finishing sixth in the nation in the discus throw.

Her junior indoor season was highlighted by a personal best throw of 52’-8.25" in the shot put at the Tyson Invitational.

She earned her second All-American honor in the discus last season and finished third at the NCAA Championships.

She also broke the Tech school record with a throw of 189’-05" and consequently won the Oklahoma Invitational.

She won the women’s discus throw at seven different meets last year, threw a personal best of 52’-8.25" in the shot put, and culminated the seasons by winning the Big 12 Championships for the first time in discus with a distance of 189’-01".

D’Andra just started her senior season with an appearance at the TCU Invitational at the Lowden Track and Field Complex last weekend.

For D’Andra, the meet was all about "shaking out the cobwebs."

She did more than that winning the women’s discus event with a distance of 172’-11" and placing second in the women’s shot put with a distance of 49’-6.50".

When asked about her expectations for the remainder of the 2009 season, D’Andra replied, "I want to be at the top of the competition in the discus.

"I want to be top in the nation. I love being a part of the Tech team."

One of her most memorable experiences in her Tech career has been being a part of the highest finishing teams in the school’s history.

D’Andra is not the only member of her family to experience success on the track and field scene.

Her father, Michael Carter, was an All-American thrower at SMU and an Olympic Silver Medalist in shot put in the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, Calif.

Her sister Michelle was an All-American thrower at the University of Texas.

Michelle placed 15 in women’s shot put at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China after having won the Olympic trials in that event.

D’Andra will graduate this Dec. with a degree in English and a minor in journalism.

She hopes to continue to throw professionally and the possibility of being a judge down the road is in the back of her mind.

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