April 9, 2005 - by
Dix Runs Fastest 100m Time in the World

April 9, 2005

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State two-time All-American freshmen Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) ran a wind-aided 9.96 in winning the 100m dash at the 2005 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The mark is the fastest all-conditions time in the world for the 2005 season. The youngest starter and fastest of two heats, ran with a group that included 11 professionals and three other collegians. The mark does not count towards regional qualifying standards or the FSU-record books because the wind was illegal at 4.5. The rookie is coming off an impressive indoor season in which he finished in second place in the 200m dash and sixth place in the 60m dash at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

“It was fast,” said assistant coach Ken Harnden, his sprints coach. “Not a particularly great start but it was a great race. He ran with a group of professionals in his heat and no one ran faster than him, with the same wind. It was a great race. It was awesome.”

Junior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) took sixth place with a wind-aided mark of 51’11” (15.82m). Although the mark does not count towards regionals, his fourth jump of 51’5.5″ (15.68m) will qualify him for the NCAA East Regional Championships. Classmate LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) finished in eighth place in the elite section of the women’s triple jump. She recorded a distance of 41’3.25″ (12.58m).

Senior Doran Scott (Springfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) finished one-two in the shot put, with throws of 63’4.25″ (4.25m) and 62’1.25″ (18.93m).

Freshman Elliott Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) ran a season-best 51.53 to take fourth place in the 400m hurdles invitational final. He was the second collegian to finish and missed third by .01 second.

Senior Greg Johnson (Miami, Fla./FIU), Wood, Curry and freshman Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) comprised the second-place 4x400m relay that recorded a regional mark of 3:07.20.

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