Mitchell Wraps Up University Games in 4x400

GWANGJU, South Korea – A’Keyla Mitchell finished up her stay at the 28th World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, helping Team USA’s 4x400 squad to a third-place finish in yesterday’s event final. Nabbing bronze for her efforts, Mitchell leaves the games with two medal-winning performances – she also took home silver in the 200-meter this past Friday.

Running the opening leg for the women’s squad, Mitchell clocked an impressive split of 52.76 seconds. The sub-53 second effort put the U.S. women (3:37.20) in an early lead, one they would hold until eventual winner Poland (3:31.98), as well as runner-up Russia (3:32.46) made late pushes ahead in the final two legs of the relay.

The United States currently sits fifth in the gold medal count with 20, and has 53 medals total with one day of competition left to go.

For Mitchell, the bronze medal-winning performance wraps up a strong showing against some of the top collegiate talent in the world. Prior to winning bronze in the relay, Mitchell’s silver medal-winning effort came thanks to a school record performance in the 200-meter final. The Wildcat sprinter clocked 22.95 seconds to finish second, besting her already held school record of 22.96 seconds by one-hundredth of a second.

Next up for a select few of K-State Track and Field Wildcats will be the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Track events are scheduled to start on Monday, July 20, and run until the following Sunday, July 26.