Robert Carter

Long Reach's Robert Carter clears the final hurdle on his way to winning the Class 3A boys 300-meter hurdles during the 2014 track and field state championships at Morgan State University. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group / May 24, 2014)

Long Reach graduate Robert Carter on Friday was named Gatorade Maryland  Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Carter, an All-Metro first-team selection, helped the Lightning win the Class 3A state championship by winning the 110-meter hurdles in 14.22 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 37.74 seconds.

His hurdles performances ranked among the nation's top 100 high school performances in 2014.

He also ran on the winning 400- and 800-meter relay teams.

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“Rob is the hardest-working athlete I’ve ever coached in 32 years,” Long Reach coach Pete Hughes said in a statement. “He’s driven not only in the classroom, but also in his extracurricular sports, where he was an All-County selection in football as well. He’s worked his butt off to get where he is.”

Carter, 6 feet 1 and 185 pounds, is signed to compete at Florida A&M this fall. He had a 3.90 GPA at Long Reach.

The award recognizes athletic and academic achievements, along with exemplary character. Carter's selection for the Maryland prize makes him a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year award, which will be announced in June.