April 26, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – Freshman two-time All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) was named the United States Track and Field Coaches Association’s (USTCA) Athlete of the Week for his performance at the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex in Tallahassee, Fla., on April 23, 2005. Dix accounted for 30 points towards the team score in winning the 100m and 200m dashes and running the third leg of the winning 4x100m relay.
Dix started the final day of the meet, running the third leg of the 4x100m relay. The win was the first 400m relay victory at a league championship in FSU’s program history and broke up Clemson’s streak of five consecutive 4x100m wins.
In his first outdoor meet on his home track, Dix tied the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships meet record of 10.23 in finishing first in the preliminary race. In the finals, he broke that conference mark in 10.22 for the victory. The ACC Indoor Rookie of the Year ran in the 200m dash for the first time all season, winning his second individual event title in a regional qualifying time of 20.41.
The Seminole men won their third outdoor league title in four years and its sixth league championships (indoor and outdoor) in seven attempts, dating back to outdoor 2002. FSU scored 222.50 points, just 1.5 shy of the largest margin of victory in ACC history. The highest total prior to Saturday by a Seminole squad was 202 in the 2003 championship run. It is the largest margin of victory by any team since the Tribe joined the league in 1992. FSU won ten of 12 running events and two field events.