Mitchell Breaks School Record, Snags Silver

GWANGJU, South Korea – A’Keyla Mitchell put in a stellar showing in the 200-meter dash for Team USA at the 28th World University Games, breaking the K-State Track and Field record en route to a silver medal. One of two silver medals earned on the day by the U.S., Mitchell’s wind-legal time of 22.95 (-0.8) seconds bested her previously held school record of 22.96 (1.9) by one-hundredth of a second.

For Mitchell, the silver medal performance marks the third time dating back to this past season she has set the 200m school record. All three times have occurred at considerably high stakes as well, as she first set the record at Big 12s, clocking 23.02 seconds to qualify for the event final. Mitchell then went on to break the record once more at West Prelims with a time of 22.96 seconds. The only women’s sprinter to clock a wind-legal sub-23 second time in school history, Mitchell’s latest effort is also her second-best career time in all conditions – she clocked 22.84w (2.8) at the USATF Championships in June.

Mitchell said she has enjoyed competing against some of the top collegiate competition in the world.

“I placed, I medaled, and I’m on the podium. That’s all that matters,” Mitchell said. “I feel pretty good, there is nothing I would say I would go back and change. Everything was perfect. It was an excellent experience competing against females from all over the world.”

Starting off with the preliminary heats yesterday, Mitchell cruised to the semifinals with an automatic qualifying bid after taking first in her heat in 23.66 seconds (-2.2). Today’s action kicked off similarly with Mitchell taking first in her heat again, this time finishing in 23.37 seconds (-0.7) – over a half-second better than the six other competitors. Despite only an hour separating the event’s semifinal and final, Mitchell registered her best performance of the meet. Clocking the aforementioned time of 22.95, Mitchell was one of only two sprinters to finish the race in less than 23 seconds – Viktoriya Zyabkina of Kazakhstan took gold in 22.77.

The Corpus Christi, Texas, native was the lone sprinter from the United States women’s side to medal in the event.

With one medal already captured, Mitchell will keep busy in the final days of track competition, competing next on both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads.  Qualifying heats for both relays will take place on Saturday, July 11, in Gwangju and finals will follow on Sunday. Updates on all the action for Team USA can be found by following the official Twitter account, @WUGUSA.

28th World University Games
Gwangju Universiade Main Stadium
Gwangju, South Korea

200m
Women
Final
2: A’Keyla Mitchell, 22.95 (-0.8) – Personal best & school record

Semifinals
--: A’Keyla Mitchell, 23.37q (-0.7)

Preliminaries
--: A’Keyla Mitchell, 23.66pq (-2.2)