Warm understood when Dixon told him he was switching to indoor track for his final two winter campaigns.
“He said he was aware of the time he would have to put into it (wrestling) and it would cut into his studies,” Warm recalled. “He deserved everything he got for the amount of time he put into his athletics and academics.”
The wrestling team’s loss was the track team’s gain and indoor coach Nathan Dyer reaped the benefits.
Dyer, who was also an assistant for the outdoor track team and coached Dixon in shot put and discus saw his dedication to both throwing events.
“From his junior to his senior year he added four feet in the shot put,” Dyer said.
He threw a personal best 49 feet, .05 inches and won shot put at the Baltimore County championships and his throw of 48-feet, 10 inches was second at the Class 4A state championship meet.
“It felt perfect and everything lined up just right,” said Dixon, of his throw at the state meet.”
His coach was also impressed.
“I was more proud of his throw at states than what he did at counties, because, at states, it was freezing and wind and we had rain on and off,” Dyer said. “The fact he threw that far and came that close in those conditions, made that the better performance of the two.”
Dyer helped him with a regimented program during his senior year and only took him to invitationals and Dixon stuck to his workouts.
“I take no credit,” Dyer said. “He put in all the work. He put in all the hours. It’s all on that kid. It worked out in the end.”
Dixon was also second in the Class 4A North Region championships in the discus and the shot put.
But, sports weren’t the only thing that drove the outdoor track team’s Most Valuable Player.
With a weighted grade point average of 5.67, he ranked third in the senior class of 444 students and he got straight A’s in all four years of high school.
He was also president of the National Honor Society and Speech and Debate clubs and won the All Scholar National College Football Foundation award.
The scholarship award was his proudest achievement.
“That grounded me into the idea of having a strong mind and strong body and that you can’t have one without the other,” said Dixon, who will attend the University of Chicago, and major in economics in addition to throwing shot put, discus, javelin and hammer.