Carmelita Jeter

B.A., Physical Education, 2006Carmelita Jeter

Carmelita is a top American sprinter with three Olympic medals and a world record. She is the most decorated track and field athlete in the history of CSUDH, and is the university’s first Olympian.

In 2009—her third season as on the professional track and field circuit—Carmelita earned the title of “Fastest Woman Alive” when she set a record time of 10.67 at the 2009 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix. She continued to prove her speed in the next couple of seasons, reaching the medal podium in a number of international races and earning a spot in the US Olympic Team trials.

During the 2012 Olympics, Carmelita anchored the US Olympic 4x100m relay team to take home Olympic gold. She became the first athlete to ever medal in both the 100m and 200m race at an Olympic Games, taking home both the silver in the 100m and bronze in the 200m. In 2012, Carmelita was honored with the Los Angeles Sports Woman of the Year and the USA Track & Field Association’s Jesse Owens Award awarded to most outstanding US female track and field athlete.