Manteo Mitchell becomes the first Catamount to compete in the Olympic Games.
Aug. 8, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -
Former Western Carolina track & field standout Manteo Mitchell becomes the first Catamount to compete in the Summer Olympic Games as Mitchell runs as a part of the United States men’s 4x400-meter relay team Thursday in London.
Mitchell finished fifth overall at the U.S. Olympic Trials as he ran an all-time personal best 44.96 in the 400-meter finals. The United States took the top eight finishers in the 400m at the trials to assemble the pool for the relay team. Mitchell confirmed that he will be running on the relay team in tomorrow’s heat.
The heat is set to begin early Thursday morning at 6:35 a.m. ET, 11:35 a.m. local time in London. Live coverage of the heat can be found at NBCOlympics.com with the event being shown on tape delay on NBC Thursday morning in the 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. time slot.
Mitchell became Western Carolina track & field's first athlete to don the Red, White and Blue of the USA when he was a member of the world champion indoor 4x400-meter relay team. Only three other Catamounts have participated in Olympic trials including All-Americans Von Ross (women's long jump) and Tony McKinney (men's 400-meter hurdles), as well as Richard Rowe, who qualified to represent Jamaica in 1988 in the 800-meter run. However, the country then decided to only bring sprinters to the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
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