June 9, 2006
Sacramento, Calif. – The top-ranked Florida State men’s track and field team received more accolades in the race for the national title. The Seminoles swept NCAA East Region Coach, Track and Field Athlete of the Year honors, awarded by United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, June 7, 2006. Third-year head coach Bob Braman and sophomore seven-time All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) were named to the list for the second time while redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) earned the honor for the first time.
Braman was named the region’s top coach after leading the Seminoles to its second consecutive NCAA East Championship. FSU won by 33 points behind five region winners and three record setting performances. This is the second consecutive season Braman has been lauded as the best coach on the coast.
Dix was cited for the second time in his career as the top track athlete among all schools on the East Coast, after impressive performances in the 100m and 200m dashes. He successfully defended the 200m region title he set as a newcomer in 2005 and placed second in the 100m, earning automatic berths to nationals for the second consecutive outdoor season.
Johnson earned NCAA East Region Field Athlete of the Year with a pair of all-region performances in the shot put and the discus. The 2006 Rhodes Scholar competing in his final season of college competition, shattered the meet record in the shot put with a mark of 66’10.75″ (20.39m) besting the field by over four-feet. He finished third in the discus with a mark of 189’11” (57.88m).
The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships continue at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of California State University – Sacramento. Johnson competes in the discus finals today while Dix is slated for the 200m semifinals.
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