March 2, 2010
Former Seminole track and field star Walter Dix was recently named the top college track and field performer of the last decade as announced by Track & Field News.
“To be named the Athlete of Decade for Track & Field is an awesome honor,” head coach Bob Braman said. “You’re talking about being the best of all male athletes in 21 track and field events over a 10-year period. All you can say is Wow!!”
Dix earned 18 All-American honors, while racking up a school-best 8 national championships during his time in Tallahassee. He won the 100m as both a freshman and a junior, while being named the Athlete of the Year in 2007. Dix would go on to win a pair of bronze medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
“Walter was a Champion on and off the track,” Braman added. “He turned down millions to graduate on-time with his class and was a fantastic leader in community service as well. Walt was a once-in-a-lifetime student-athlete and I’m proud that he is a Seminole.”
Joining Dix among the top 10 collegiate of the past decade were: Allstair Craig (Arkansas), Kerron Clement (Florida), Galen Rupp (Oregon), Xavier Carter (LSU), Daniel Lincoln (Arkansas), Justin Gatlin (Tennessee), Janus Robberts (SMU), Walter Davis (LSU) and Tommy Skipper (Oregon).
Another Seminole earned honorable mention as Ngoni Makusha was one of six athletes to be named honorable mention.