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FSU's Dix falters at track and field championships

DES MOINES, Iowa — Florida State's Walter Dix, coming back from a hamstring injury, got off to a bad start Friday at the NCAA track and field championships and wound up finishing fourth in the men's 100 meters at 10.22 seconds.

Despite Dix's showing, FSU led in its bid for a third straight men's team title with 32 points.

LSU senior Richard Thompson eased to victory in 10.12.

"He has been there since my freshman year," Thompson said of Dix. "And knowing he was going to be around for four years, I wondered how am I ever going to win an NCAA championship."

Dix, who again will face Thompson today in the 200 final, said a restart because did not cause his poor start.

"A couple of guys were better than me," said the defending champion in the 100 and 200. "They just worked harder."

And in the 400-meter relay, an event Dix wasn't even supposed to run, he ran the first leg but had trouble with the handoff.

Trindon Holliday anchored LSU to the win the event in 38.42. Texas A&M was second at 38.58. Florida State finished fourth.

LSU's men are second with 31 points but have only two athletes competing in today's final day of competition. Arizona State leads the women with 36 points. Florida's women are sixth with 16; the men ninth with 15.

LSU' Kelly-Ann Baptiste, who like Thompson is from Trinidad, won the women's 100 meters in 11.20.

ALABAMA: Coach Nick Saban said he supports Kenny Stabler and hopes he remains as the team's radio analyst for football games following Stabler's recent arrest on a drunken driving charge.

FSU's Dix falters at track and field championships 06/13/08 [Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2008 2:17pm]
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