Led by the legs of senior Walter Dix and sophomore Charles Clark, Florida State was able to obtain its fourth straight NCAA East Regional title Saturday at Mike Long Track in Tallahassee, Florida.
Although limited during the entire season with a hamstring injury, Dix was able to come out strong and put up some impressive times.
The seven-time NCAA National Champion was able to pull out a victory in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.10 seconds. The Coral Springs native also finished 3rd in the 100-meter dash with a time 10.21 seconds, qualifying him for both events in the National tournament June 11-14.
"All in all it was a good day," Dix said. "To go out today in front of the home crowd and win my last race felt good. Now we have a week and a half to train for Nationals."
FSU's relay team, which consists of Clark, junior Michael Ray Garvin, freshman Brandon Byram and senior Drew Brunson, finished 1st in 4x100-meter relay with a time of 39.37 seconds.
"We're just happy to make it to the finals," Clark said. "We're headed back to Nationals to compete for the title again."
Clark also finished 2nd in the 200-meter dash.
Dix had nothing but praise for his young counterpart saying it was his best performance of the season.
"Charles gave me a great race," Dix said. "He is definitely coming along. He will definitely be very strong at Nationals."
Garvin finished 4th in the 200-meter with a time of 20.66. Florida State's starting cornerback also ran in the 100-meter dash finishing 7th with a time of 10.44 seconds.
FSU will have quite a few competitors contending in Nationals including the relay team, Dix and Hannah England & Susan Kuijken who placed 1st and 2nd in the women's 1500 meter, respectively.
Florida State will also have Luke Gunn & Mark Buckingham competing in the 3000-meter steeplechase event in which they finished 1st and 3rd at the regional meet, respectively.
Freshman Kimberly Williams leapt her way into Nationals for the triple jump with a total jump of 45-04.5 feet, good enough for 1st at regionals. Also, senior Rayon Taylor jumped a total of 16 meters in the men's triple jump to advance to Nationals.
Florida State finished the meet with all 19 events scored in 1st place for the men with 88.5 points over Florida in 2nd place with 68 points. The FSU women's team finished in 4th place with 44 points behind Regional champion Virginia Tech with 92 points.
In doing so, the Florida State men's outdoor track and field team achieved their 4th consecutive NCAA East Regional.
News of note: Virginia Tech sophomore Queen Harrison sets NCAA East Regional records for women's 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles with times of 12.70 and 54.69 seconds, respectively.
South Carolina junior Jason Richardson sets NCAA East Regional record for men's 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.21 seconds.