Feb. 24, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Thursday, February 24, 2005 that the Florida State men’s track team swept the league honors with head coach Bob Braman taking Coach of the Year, Tom Lancashire earning ACC Most Valuable Performer and Walter Dix getting the Freshman of the Year nod.
Braman successfully defended the indoor men’s title, earning back-to-back-to-back championships, with the win this weekend, in the closest conference finish since 1996. It is Braman’s second in as many tries and moves him into a tie with former longtime head coach Terry Long for most conference indoor titles by a Seminole coach. FSU into sole possession of third place on the list of conference championships by school with three (Maryland -26, Clemson – 12).
Lancashire earned the ACC Most Valuable Performer Award for his title-winning performances in the mile run and as anchor leg in the distance medley relay as well as a fourth place finish in the 3000m run. The seven-time All-ACC honoree ran a total of four races in 24 hours to help FSU edge Clemson by 2.5 points. He earned his second DMR conference title, anchoring the win with a four-minute mile to catch Virginia at the finish line. Lancashire, who took second-place in the mile run last year, won his first individual event championship with his mile performance on Saturday. He came back in the second to last event, the men’s 3000m run, to give FSU the extra points necessary in defending the team title. Lancashire joins Philip Riley (1994) as the only other Seminole to win Most Valuable Performer honors during the indoor season.
Dix won all three events he competed in, at the league meet, picking up individual titles in the 60m and 200m as well as running the third leg of the 4x400m relay. Dix took fourth in the 60m preliminary race before mounting his comeback in the finals of the event. He is the first Tribe member to win the 60m dash, breaking Clemson’s streak of seven straight event titles. In the 200m, he took first in the prelims and finals en route to becoming the first Seminole to win multiple indoor titles at a conference meet. Dix replaced one of the legs of the 1600m relay to help clinch the team championship. This is the second time in three years that a Florida State athlete has received this honor.
The Seminoles begin the transition from indoor competition to outdoor over the next two weeks. This weekend, senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) travels to Boston, Massachusetts for the USA Indoor Championships. Next week, a small contingent will travel to Gainesville for a last chance meet before another group opens the outdoor season with the Snowbird Invitational.