Monday, December 31, 2012

Catamount Athletics Year in Review: #5

Catamount Athletics Year in Review: #5 - Manteo Mitchell

Former Western Carolina Track & Field standout Manteo Mitchell is a world champion.

Mitchell was part of the United States’ 4x400-meter relay team finishing in 3:03.94 at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey that claimed the Gold Medal. Team USA consisted of Frankie Wright, Calvin Smith, Mitchell and Gil Roberts.

Mitchell ran the third leg of the event, taking the handoff from Calvin Smith with the United States in second place behind Great Britain. Mitchell ran a personal best split of 44.8 to move Team USA into first place. Gil Roberts maintained the lead for the Americans to win the world championship.

During 2012, Mitchell was also selected to repesent the US as a member of the US Olympic Team in the 4x400-meter relay. Mitchell ran in the opening leg for Team USA in 4x400-meter relay semifinal. The Bahamas and United States finished 1-2 in the heat, with identical times of 2:58.87, the fastest time ever run in the first round of the relay at the Olympic Games.

During Mitchell's run, he broke of his left fibula bone, but completed the race. The US ultimately won the Silver Medal in the 4x400 relay.

Purple & Gold's Year in Review - Top 10:
10.  WCU's 2012 Football Season
9. The 2012 WCU Athletic Hall of Fame Class
8. Foster Tabbed First Team All-Southern Conference

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Anonymous said...

This is the best news for athletics and for the University like EVER. This kid is amazing. Very Humble, and a Cat at heart. I remember seeing him on NBC with a Western Carolina hat on with his Nike gear as he was warming up at the Olympic Trials. He needs to be an ambassador for Athletics and Western Carolina too. Thanks Manteo for your love and for not forgetting one of the places that help mold you into the athlete that you are today. I know Danny is one proud coach.

btw.... His name is misspelled..... It's *Manteo* not Manto

Jerry Love said...

Thanks for pointing out the spelling error in the title. I hope no one was offended.