Coach Mike Carr has been coaching cross country at Ballard since 1983. During that time, he has led many teams to the state championship. He has served in the capacity of the head and assistant coach. Coach Carr has inspired and encouraged many athletes during that time. Most recently the Ballard Invitational Cross Country was renamed the "Mike Carr Invitational Meet" to honor him for his years of service to the Ballard cross country program.