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May 17, 2013

UR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Distance runner Mitchell a natural learner

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Leading her team as one of the high team scorers, Mitchell’s performances on Thursday and Friday helped GMC Prep earn third place overall in the state.

“It was huge for us,” Dennis said. “It put us in a good position going into the final day.”

Dennis believes Mitchell was destined to break the school record in the 1,600 meters, as he considers the event one of her strengths.

“I figured she would,” he said. “She’s been running pretty close to it all season.”

The confidence of her coaches helped Mitchell last weekend, as she credits her success at the state meet to them.

“They’ve been really great and really encouraging,” Mitchell said. “I just don’t think I’d be where I am without them.”

Wrapping up the spring sports, Mitchell is pleased to have ended the season on a high note and be able to represent her school in a positive way.

“I think it’s a great honor. I’m really happy that I got it and that I can represent GMC,” she said. “We work really hard in our athletics, so I think we deserve it.”

According to Dennis, the Lady Bulldogs have a bright future with Mitchell in it.

“I’m proud of her,” he said. “She deserves it, and we expect big things from her the next couple years in track.”

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