WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Jahneya Mitchell was named the Great Lakes Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Monday. Mitchell won a pair of Big Ten gold medals after breaking two all-time conference records, including one world-leading time.
The award is voted on by all the coaches, assistant or head, in the region.
Mitchell, a senior from Philadelphia, ran 1:26.65 at the conference meet in the fastest 600-meter race in the history of the Big Ten Conference to win the gold medal. Her time is the best in the world this year. It also broke the meet and facility records and lowered the school record by more than 3.5 seconds.
Mitchell also ran the second leg of the 4x400-meter relay. She took the baton with the Boilermakers in third, about 12 meters behind the leaders, and before she was done, Purdue had a three-step lead on the field. The Boilermakers went on to win the event with a time of 3:30.40, which broke the conference, meet, facility and school records, while ranking No. 2 in the country this year.
Purdue has had a strong presence in the Great Lakes Region awards since Lonnie Greene took over. The Boilermakers have earned multiple awards every year since 2014, Greene’s second year with the program.
Mitchell joins Devynne Charlton as women to win a track athlete of the year award under Greene. Charlton won last year’s outdoor award.
Mitchell and a select group of Boilermakers are set to head to the NCAA Championships this week. While the 600-meter dash is not contested at the meet, Mitchell will be among the Boilermakers in the 4x400-meter relay pool.