Carter Lilly has one season of college track awaiting, the 2019 Outdoor season at the University of Iowa. Lilly, a Drake Relays High School 800 meter champion while at Sioux City East has hopes and dreams of making the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo as a part of the Philippines track and field team.
Feature photo: Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa©Darren Miller Hawkeyesports.com
Lilly’s mother was born in the Philippines and he has dual citizenship.
His career as a Hawkeye is nearing the end but is far from over. Iowa hosts the Big Ten Outdoor Championships this coming May and Lilly would love to play a big role in the Hawks winning the team title.
But first things first for the 2014 Drake Relays High School 800 champion and 2 time 4A state meet 800 runner-up from Sioux City East.
This March he will run in the Philippine national championship meet to officially try out for the team. He will then complete his NCAA eligibility during the outdoor season. Then in November, should he make the team, he will compete in the South East Asian Games for the Philippines. His ultimate goal is to compete in Tokyo in 2020. He will need to achieve the 2020 Olympic standard which has not been released yet.
During his career in Iowa City, Lilly has run on 3 Drake Relays champion relays, qualified to both the indoor and outdoor championships in the 800, has earned 8 First Team Big Ten honors.
Carter is on Iowa’s All Time Top 10 Indoor list 6 different times in 4 different events and holds the schools indoor 800 record and is on the school record, 2018 Big Ten champion Distance Medley Relay. He is also on the Outdoor All Time list 4 times in 4 different events including #2 in the 800.