June 4, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The United States Track and Field Coaches Association announced on Friday, June 3, 2005, the Mondo Outdoor Track and Field Coaches and Athletes of the Year for each region. Florida State head coach Bob Braman and freshman two-time All-American Walter Dix earned East Region Athlete of the Year honors for the 2005 campaign.
Braman coached the men’s team to the 2005 Atlantic Coast Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Conference Championships and the first NCAA East Regional title in FSU program history. In only his second year as the Seminole track leader, Braman’s group took ten of 12 running events at the league championships and placed at least one Tribe member in the top four in every field event except for the javelin.
Dix has crossed the line first in every collegiate individual event he has competed in during the outdoor season. The 2005 ACC Rookie of the Year won the 100m and 200m titles at the league title meet and helped FSU to its first 4x100m relay championship in program history. At the NCAA East Region Championship, he ran a 10.06 in the opening 100m race which is an American junior record, the third fastest junior time ever and broke the regional record. The USATF Athlete of the Week for this week shattered the NCAA East Region standard of 10.29, held by Clemson runners, Tye Hill and Airese Curry. He set a new FSU all-time best eclipsing a 25-year old mark set by the only Seminole Outdoor NCAA National Champion Mike Roberson.
Dix also ran the fastest 200m time of the season for FSU, running a 20.23 to win the final. His mark is third on FSU’s all-time list and broke the regional meet record.
The Seminoles return to action on Wednesday, June 8, 2005 for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Sacramento, Calif.