Thursday, June 19, 2008

SEMINOLES CAN RUN…

…but they can’t throw.

Appropriately enough, Walter Dix left Florida State a winner...which means he's not a football player.

Dix won his third consecutive 200-meter title and led the Seminoles to their third straight men's team crown Saturday at the NCAA track and field championships.

The final day of the meet was held under partly cloudy skies in front of a crowd of 11,410 at Drake Stadium, where 19 stadium records fell in the four days of competition. The stadium, site of the Drake Relays, last was site of the NCAA championships in 1970.

Dix, in his final race as a collegian, built a big lead coming off the turn, then held off 100 champion Richard Thompson of LSU to win in 20.40 seconds. Thompson was second at 20.44.

"It's time to move on," said Dix, who got his degree in social science in April. "It was fun, but I'm excited to move on to the pro level."

(Photo by Bill Feig/AP Photo)

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