Saturday's Arcadia Invitational track meet featured four of the top eight hurdlers in the nation.
It was California's defending silver medalist, St. Mary's Academy's London Finley, who Carter spied over her shoulder down the stretch of the invitational race, but one last spurt from the Claremont sophomore gave her the victory in 41.48 seconds.
Carter had the nation's second best time in the event entering Saturday but bested it by more than a second. She plans on breaking 40 seconds by her senior year.
I thought I got out a lot faster than I have been all season,
Carter said. I saw London over my shoulder at the end and she gave me that extra push.
The Rancho Cucamonga duo of Angelica Weaver and Britt'nay Crabb had the third and sixth best 300-hurdle times in the nation entering Saturday. Crabb finished third in 42.57 seconds, Weaver (44.15) seventh.
Including the fourth-place finisher, Carter's April Pate (43.52), four members of the nine-person field at the reputable meet were from the Inland Valley.
Etiwanda's 1600-meter girls relay team, which didn't advance past Baseline League finals last season, won the invitational race with a time of 3:56.84.
The San Dimas girls 1600 relay team, which won the seeded event, as opposed to the upper-tier
Rancho Cucamonga junior Charles Saseun, who finished second in the state in the 100 meters as a sophomore, was edged in the 100 by Cathedral's Randall Carroll on Saturday. Carroll, who finished third in state to Saseun last year, posted a time of 10.49 seconds to Saseun's 10.59.
Saseun closed considerable ground on Carroll, who is committed to play football for USC in the fall, but ultimately couldn't make up the deficit created by a late break out of the blocks.
After (the start) I knew I couldn't catch him, said Saseun, who ran a 10.39 second 100 at the state meet last year. I haven't been starting well so far but I'm shooting for a 10.2 this season.
Saseun anchored a Rancho Cucamonga 400-meter relay whose 41.41-second time was second to Arizona's Desert Vista in the invitational race by six hundredths of a second.
The Inland Valley female hurdling prowess also revealed itself in the 100-meter high hurdles where Claremont's Carter finished third in the invitational race in 14.15 seconds.
The top three finishers in the seeded race were from the Inland Valley. First-place finisher Karynn Dunn of Diamond Ranch broke her personal best three tenths of a seconds and equaled Carter's time of 14.15. Colony's Sakaya Bolton (14.49) was second and Pate (14.6) of Carter third.