July 2, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida State track and field program announced today its 2005 signing class which includes three of the top five sprinters in the nation and some of the top athletes from around the state of Florida.
“It’s definitely a top five recruiting class, which is what I envisioned when I came here,” said head coach Bob Braman. “(Walter) Dix is the top sprinter in the nation, (Kenny) O’Neal is number three and Ricardo (Chambers) is top five in the country. (Javier) Tunon-Garcia and (Beau) Burroughs, both top 15 in the nation, are added pieces to the puzzle. Our coaches did a great job.”
Walter Dix, a graduate of Coral Springs, Fla., is the top sprinter in the nation and one of a handful of high school students who met the 2004 Olympic qualifying standards. Dix’s personal best marks of 10.28 met the 100m ‘B’ qualifying standard while his 20.54 mark met the automatic ‘A’ standard in the 200m. Dix, who was honored by SchoolSports.com as one of the top six high school athletes in the nation, is also a standout long jumper who finished in fifth place at the state meet, in addition to his first place 100m and 200m finishes. Dix is expected to compete in the 100m, 200m, long jump and add to FSU’s All-American 4x100m relay team that posted the fastest time in the nation during the preliminary race at the NCAA Track and Field National Championships.
Ricardo Chambers is one of the nation’s fastest 400m runners, ending the season as the fifth fastest high school 400m runner in the country. Chambers ran a 46.02 at the state meet, taking second to the then-fastest 400m high school sprinter Palm Bay’s Xavier Carter. Originally from Jamaica, Chambers holds a personal best in the 200m event in a time of 21.46.
Beau Burroughs is a thrower form Tampa, FL who helped his team to the Class 2A state title, taking the event title in the shot put. The Jesuit star, who is in the top 15 in the nation in his event, will join the Seminoles throwing corps in the fall, after setting his high school record in the shot, posting a 56’7″.
Javier Garcia-Tunon is a hurdler and heptathlete from Belen Jesuit in Miami, FL. Garcia-Tunon won the decathlon at the state championship meet in 2003, while winning the 110m and 300m hurdles this season. Garcia-Tunon was honored as the recipient of the Miami Herald Scholar-Athlete award for his outstanding performance in the class and on the track. The hurdler and decathlete is top 15 in the nation in the hurdles and holds or shares nine Belen Jesuit High School records. He won the first annual flrunners.com Decathlon State Championships in 2003. Garcia-Tunon will participate in a number of events for the Seminoles.