June 17, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team will not have to worry about freshman Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) leaving any time soon. The 2005 NCAA 100m National Champion announced earlier this week that he will remain on the team for the 2006 season.
“I have a lot left to do at FSU,” said Dix, after practice for the upcoming U.S. Senior Games. “I want to win a national championship as a team. I want to graduate from school, which is something that is important to me. I have a lot of goals I want to accomplish here at Florida State.”
“I think that Walter is one of the more level-headed, elite young sprinters out there,” commented second-year head coach Bob Braman. “He knows he`s going to get better. It would be out of character for him to decide to go pro when he knows what he can do and where he can go here at FSU. He knows that he has a great support system at Florida State and that we just want what is best for him.”
Dix travels to Carson, Calif., for the 2005 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to compete against the best collegians and professionals in the country. The top three finishers in each event earn a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland in July. Top six finishers are eligible to run a leg of the 4x100m relay. Dix has the fifth fastest 100m time and the seventh fastest 200m mark.
Junior Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) and redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) will also compete at the track championships. Freshman two-time All-America Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) is gearing up for the world track meet, representing his native country – Jamaica.