- John Mitchell
- Valrico, Fla.
Major: Health Professions
Track Events: Distance
Prep: Coached by Mike Gursky … Named to the Tampa Tribune’s All-County team in 2007 and 2008 … Placed eighth in the 2008 state cross country meet … Earned first place in 2007 and 2008 at the Ron Frost Cross Country Invitational hosted by Durant … Won the 800m state, region and district titles as a senior … Also won the 1,600m district title the same year … Named to the Tampa Tribune’s All-County First-Team Track in 2009 … 2008 Class 4A state champion in the 1,600m … Placed first in the 800m and 1,600m at the district meet in 2008 … Runner-up in the 800m at the 2008 regional meet … Won the mile at the state track meet in 2007 … Named Durant Boys’ Track and Field’s Most Valuable Runner in 2008 and 2009 … Named Durant High School Athletic Booster Club Male Player of the Month in November 2007 and April 2008 … Named Durant High School’s Male Athlete of the Year for cross country in the 2007 … Holds the 800m and 5K records and helped set the 4x4 relay record at Durant.
Personal: Son of John and Donna Mitchell .. Father played basketball at Greensboro College in 1980 … Has an older sister, Dominique, and a young brother, Jordan … Dominique is also a student at UF … Enjoys spending time with friends, lifting weights and playing basketball … Named the 2007-08 Durant Basketball Player of the Year and the 2007-08 Durant Basketball Defensive Player of the Year … Also considered FIU, USF, Tampa, Kentucky, Hampton, Eastern New Mexico and UNC Greensboro … Chose Florida because of its academics and athletic programs.