The Rise of Eli Carter

Eli Carter

Article by Hope Arive 

Originally Published Nov 5, 2019

The Rise of Eli Carter

I operated the Philippine Airforce Alliance team in 2014. And we took in all athletes without team, we ended up with a team of 120 athletes composed of Airforce athletes, Pagasa athletes, Former varsity athletes, athletes without teams, masters upcoming high schoolers, Fil-Heritage athletes.

A lot of these kids went onto becoming NCAA and UAAP Champions and Airforce Alliance cannot reiterate enough how damn proud we are of them. One of these new Fil-Heritage athletes to emerge was Eli Carter.

His mother Hope (Filipino) contacted me. He performed well with merit for the Air force Alliance team at the Weekly Relays. Eli had just acquired dual citizenship when he started competing at the weekly relays. I was impressed by Eli’s size he was almost 6’0 tall and was still only about 13-14 at the time. Eli is now in 2019 6’2 and 275 lbs (124 kg). 

14-year-old Eli Carter with Eric Cray and Davian Clarke (Crays coach at the time) during Weekly Relays in Manila.



Eli identifies as Half Asian and Half African American. And his friends refer to him as ‘Blackapino’ Eli is waiting for an invitation from the Philippines to compete in the Under 20 Division next year. He is born on Dec 25, 2001.

I’m very happy to announce that Eli Carter has made it to College.

He is a high school senior at St. Thomas  High School, a Catholic college preparatory high school for boys founded by the Basilian priests in 1900. He is a football player where he plays Center and Guard and a Track and Field Athlete for Shotput and Discus. And is also a Senior Leader .{Senior Leaders are a highly selective group of seniors who are commissioned to assist Campus Ministry}. He is currently being recruited by Division 1 Colleges and Universities for Track and Field.
* (Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics overseen by the NCAA in the U.S. Division I schools comprise the major athletic powers in the college ranks and have larger budgets, more advanced facilities, and more athletic scholarships.)
Big Eli Carter
Mom Hope Arive attended UP College of Veterinary Medicine and transferred to and graduated from the University of Texas after moving to Texas. Currently a Respiratory Therapist at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Dad is a native Houstonian, William Carter.


He has qualified to compete and represent Houston, Texas to the AAU Track and Field National Junior Olympics (Shotput and Discus) from 2014 to 2019. He qualified in 2015 and didn’t compete. His family went home to the Philippines that year and competed there and we met you and Coach Arniel).
2018 – Placed 12th in Discus and 23rd in Shotput at the AAU Track and Field National Junior Olympics (Summer Track)
2019 – Placed 9th place in Shotput and 15th in Discus at the AAU Track and Field  National Junior Olympics (Summer Track)
School Year 2018-2019  11th Grade
* Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) is a governing body over athletics, fine arts, competitions in Texas for non-public schools.
  • 2019 TAPPS 6A
    • State Champion for Shotput (Texas)
    • State Champion for Discus (Texas)
    • Regional Champion Shotput
    • Regional Silver Medalist Discus
    • District 4 Champion Shotput
    • District 4 Champion Discus
This order is the biggest to the smallest. State to District



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