Bryan, Mitchell Named Big 12 Freshmen of the Year

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Christoff Bryan and A'Keyla Mitchell were honored by the Big 12 for stellar 2015 outdoor campaigns. Announced by the conference today, Bryan was named Outstanding Freshman of the Year for the men, while Mitchell nabbed the honor for the women, marking only the fifth time in Big 12 outdoor history that a program has swept the award.


The Wildcats, who have already had Mitchell and another freshman high jumper in Nate Gipson earn the honors during the indoor season, are now only the second team in Big 12 history to have both a men's and women's athlete win the award indoors and outdoors -- the other being former conference member Texas A&M in 2008. Mitchell and Bryan are also the first K-State men's and women's athletes to win the Outstanding Freshman award in Big 12 outdoor history.

For Mitchell, she is the third-straight women's athlete to sweep the award both indoors and outdoors and eighth-overall in conference history. A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Mitchell shined on the track at the Big 12 Championships in Ames, Iowa, last weekend, competing in four events and totaling 12.50 points for the Wildcat women. She, most notably, took third in the 200-meter final, while also setting the school record of 23.02 seconds in the event's prelims. Along with her record-setting performance in the 200m, Mitchell has also broken the 100m school record and has set five top-10 program marks overall during the outdoor season.

A high jumper from Kingston, Jamaica, Bryan was one of three high jumpers to clear 2.24m/7-04.25 in Ames last weekend, finishing third-overall for his efforts. Along with clearing 2.24m twice this season, his outdoor campaign was also highlighted by a fourth-career victory in the CARIFTA Games this past April, where he set the meet record in the process with a final mark of 2.21m/7-03. Bryan's overall season-best of 2.24m ranks him No. 7 in school history.

The Wildcats continue postseason action with the NCAA West Regionals in Austin, Texas, next weekend. Both Mitchell and Bryan are expected to compete, looking to capture a bid to NCAAs this June with top-12 finishes against the best athletes in the Division I West Region. Already All-Americans indoors, Mitchell currently ranks top-15 in the West Region in three events -- 100m (T-15th), 200m (11th), 4x400 (13th) -- while Bryan is tied for No. 3 in the high jump and one of only two freshmen to have cleared 2.24m in all of Division I.