Jan. 4, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – Six months later, Florida State rising sophomore Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) is still receiving accolades from the 2005 track and field season. This time, the 2005 NCAA 100m National Champion, earned the recognition from his hometown newspaper, South Florida Sun-Sentinel , who named Dix the 2005 College Athlete of the Year. The five-time All-American becomes the second recipient of the award, given annually to the top athlete from, or competing in, South Florida.
In his first season with FSU, Dix won conference, regional and national titles, earned All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and broke school, conference and world records. The world junior indoor 200m and American junior 100m record holder helped FSU to the ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championships, the team’s first NCAA East Regional Championship and top ten national finishes during the indoor and outdoor seasons for the first time in 20 years.
Coming out of Coral Springs High School in 2004, Dix had a quiet beginning to his senior season before emerging as the nation’s top high school sprinter. He broke several Florida high school records en route to posting Olympic standard times in the 100m and 200m.