June 14, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s track and field program wrapped up a victorious outdoor season after winning a back-to-back national title at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. With that, the Seminoles swept the outdoor championship season, also winning the team title at the ACC Championship and NCAA East Region Championship.
In honor of their accomplishments, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association awarded junior Walter Dix, head coach Bob Braman and assistant coach Ken Harnden with a handful of district, regional and national awards.
Dix, a Coral Springs, Fla., native, was honored with the 2007 Division I South District, East Region and National Division I Men’s Track Athlete of the Year awards.
The regional and national champion in the 100 meters, 200m and 4x100m relay this season, Dix shattered the collegiate record in the 200m after running 19.69 at the NCAA East Region meet. He then ran 9.93 in the 100m at the national meet to set the American collegiate record in that event.
To round out his titles at the regionals, Dix won the 100m in 10.05 and ran the second leg of the 4x100m that finished in 38.71. Just two weeks later, his 20.32 clock in the 200m defended his title and his 4x100m relay team posted a national-leading and school record time of 38.60 at the national meet. Overall, Dix contributed to 30 of 91 points at the regional meet and 30 of 54 at the national meet to bring the men their second consecutive team championships for both meets.
“That’s just one more thing on Walt’s checklist,” Braman said. “He doesn’t want to leave the sport until he’s done everything he can. He had to watch Xavier Carter get this award last year, so it’s great for him this year. History is something Walt is all about and this will add to his resume.
“It’s a great honor and I’m really happy for Walt.”
Coach Braman was also honored with three awards for the outdoor season. He is the Division I South District Co-Men’s Coach of the Year, the East Region Men’s Coach of the Year and the Division I National Coach of the Year.
“It’s a great honor,” Braman said. “Honestly this is a staff award. It really brings great recognition to the coaching staff because we, maybe more than any other sport, are interlocked in the different coaches. For track and field there are 21 events that each coach has a hand in.
“So it is very flattering that these awards reflect on the entire staff.”
Another member of the staff garnered a few honors himself, men’s assistant coach Ken Harnden who was named the East Region and Division I National Men’s Sprint/Hurdle Coach of the Year.
Harnden works with the men’s sprints, hurdles and relays and has coached Dix to seven national and nine conference titles.
“This is the second time Ken has won National Sprint Coach of the Year in the last three years,” Braman said. “He is bar-none the best sprint coach in men’s sprinting, hurdling and relays. He relates to the athletes very well, he’s been where they want to be and he is firm and direct with what they need to do to be a Seminole and represent Florida State well.”