March 4, 2006
Ames, Iowa – Sophomore five-time All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) made the best of the 2006 Iowa State NCAA Qualifier, one of a number of last chance meets across the country, breaking records with his 200m clip of 20.50, automatically qualifying for the event and assuring an additional place in the 60m with the sixth fastest-time in the country.
Dix’s 200m time is the fastest in the nation by .14 seconds and the second fastest time in the world this year. The reigning NCAA 100m National Champion ran a time just .13 seconds behind his junior indoor 200m world record time of 20.37 that he recorded at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. He shattered the Lied Recreation Athletic Center facility record of 20.69, run by Chris Nelloms in 1992 and the meet record of 20.84, set in 2004 by Domenik Peterson.
His second qualifying mark came in the 60m, where he topped all advancers in the preliminaries with the sixth fastest time at 6.65. It is the second fastest time he has run in his collegiate career with the top mark of 6.62 coming in the 60m finals at nationals last year.
Sophomore All-American Kenny O’Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline) finished with the fourth best time of 6.81 in the prelims before winning the final in tying his season-best time of 6.71. He repeated his opening round performance in the semifinals, taking sixth in 6.81.
The women’s 4x400m relay, comprised of senior Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson), redshirt junior Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason), senior Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) and freshman Hshkeni Richemond (Suffern, NY/Suffern) ran a season-best provisional qualifying time of 3:35.92, improving their standing time of 3:38.54 by almost two seconds. The time is the eleventh fastest in the nation, entering the weekend meet.
Alyce Williams also won the triple jump with a distance of 42’4″ (12.90m). The mark is her second farthest this season and is the fourth time she has hit the provisional standard during the indoor campaign. Niako tied her career-best 200m time in running 23.89 in the event.
Junior sprinter Ronald Wright (Baltimore, Md./Barton County Community College) ran 21.84 in the 200m finals.