May 3, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State University men’s track and field team has done it again.
FSU swept the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track accolades with head coach Bob Braman earning Coach of the Year, sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) taking Performer of the Year and freshman Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) being named Rookie of the Year.
It marks the first time a school has won all accolades indoor and outdoor as well as winning with the same trio. FSU swept outdoor honors in 2003 behind then-head coach Terry Long, Craphonso Thorpe and current Seminole Garrett Johnson.
Braman earns his second conference coaching honor during the 2005 track season. Only in his second year as head coach at FSU, Braman helped Florida State dominate at the outdoor championships meet on its home track. The Seminoles won ten of 12 running event finals and placed at least one person in the top four of eight of nine field event finals. FSU picked up its sixth title in seven attempts dating back to its first championship of the streak at the 2002 ACC Outdoor Championships. It was the third outdoor championship in four years. This marks the second time an FSU coach has won the indoor and outdoor honor in the same season.
Lancashire is the third outdoor performer of the year in six seasons and first to sweep both indoor and outdoor accolades. The 2005 ACC Indoor Performer of the Year won the 800m and 1500m events, respectively, with start times only separated by 63 minutes, accounting for 20 points toward the team score. The sophomore earned his first All-American honor with a fifth place finish in the mile at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Dix won the 100m and 200m dashes and ran the third leg of the 4x100m relay that won the first 400m relay league event title in the program’s history. Dix tied the 100m record in leading all runners in the preliminary race with a 10.23 clip. The two-time All-American returned the following day to better the time and take the ACC record in 10.22. The junior indoor 200m record holder finished the indoor season with league titles in the 60m and 200m and went on to All-American honors in both events. Dix is the third individual to earn the freshman outdoor honors but the first Seminole to win in the same season.
The Seminoles hit the track this weekend for the 2005 Seminole Twilight meet on Saturday, May 7, 2005. The field events begin at 12:00 p.m. while the running events start at 5:30 p.m.