June 2, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State freshman All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) has been named USA Track & Field’s (USATF) Athlete of the Week after his record-setting, title-winning performance at the 2005 NCAA East Regional Championships at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York City, announced today, June 2, 2005.
Dix advanced first in his heat in 10.06 seconds to lead all competitors in the 100m qualifying round. With his time, the two-time indoor All-American bettered the American junior record of 10.07 set by Stanley Floyd in 1980 and DaBryan Blanton in 2003. The 19-year-old ran 10.22 to win the 100m finals and also clocked 20.23 seconds to win the men’s 200m which ranks #4 on the U.S. junior all-time list.
He ran the final leg of the 4x100m relay that ran a season-best time of 39.35. The mark is the third fastest time in FSU school history. The team went on to finish second behind junior All-American Derrick Baker (Miami, Fla./Northwestern), rookie All-ACC honoree Kenny O’Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline), senior All-American Rhoan Sterling (Ontario, Canada/Toledo) and Dix.