April 23, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
Florida State sophomore sprinter Maurice Mitchell was named the 2010 ACC Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference office.
Mitchell, a sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., is the third Seminole to be named track MVP of the outdoor championship since 2007 when the conference began selecting an MVP in track and field events separately. He scored 25 points for champion Florida State, which won at least a share of its eighth men’s outdoor crown in the last nine years, including the last six straight.
“Maurice had an outstanding meet at ACCs, you can’t do better than 4 gold medals in one day,” head coach Bob Braman said. “We’re excited to see Maurice compete against the nation’s best in the coming weeks.”
He won a pair of sprint titles and was part of two winning relay teams. Mitchell’s 10.11 performance in the 100-meter dash and 20.25 performance in the 200-meter dash topped the field. He also ran the third leg on both the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay squads that finished in first place. Entering the 1,600-meter relay–the final event of the championship–Florida State led Virginia Tech by half a point for first place in the meet, but raced to a 3:08.90 time to place first in the event and claim the overall championship.
“To earn both the indoor and outdoor ACC Track Performer of the Year in the same season is a great accomplishment,” Braman said.
Mitchell also was named the 2010 ACC Indoor Track Performer of the Year after the Seminoles claimed the team title in Blacksburg, Va.
The Seminoles are currently competing at the prestigious Penn Relays before heading to the Stanford Invite next weekend.