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June 17, 2009 > Running to Sac State

Running to Sac State

By Jeff Weisinger

After a very successful high school track and field and cross-country career at American High in Fremont, graduating senior Rachel Mitchell will take her game to the next level next year, at Division-I Sacramento State University.

"She's done everything the right way," said American track coach Mike Lindsay. "She's worked really hard and has been very dedicated."

At the NCS Track and Field Meet of Champions in Berkeley two weeks ago, Mitchell ran a 10:51.15 in the girls 3,200-meter race, placing second and qualifying for the State Championships in Fresno last week, where she ran a 10:44.48 in the same event, that of which is a school record.

"I think she'll do great," Lindsay mentioned. "She's very motivated and she's enjoying running and she sets goals for herself and works hard to meet those goals."

"I'm really going to miss the group of girls I've ran with in track," Mitchell said about leaving American for Sac State. "I've ran with them since freshman year and it's going to be so much different in college."

Mitchell started running cross country and track for American High towards the end of her freshman year and got better as the years went by. She won all of her league races this year at American, placing in the NCS and the State Championships.

U.C. Irvine and San Francisco State University also expressed interest in Mitchell, but she decided to commit to Sacramento State in February. UCLA also showed a lot of interest in Mitchell; by the time the Bruins came calling, she already committed to being a Sac State Hornet.

"I just felt like it was the right place for me," Mitchell added. Along with being successful on the track, she was one of the editor-in-chiefs for the American High newspaper and plans to major in journalism at Sac State.

Mitchell will join the 2009 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year Kathleen Raske and a Sac State women's track and field team that captured its second straight Big Sky title last month which sent eight members of the women's team to the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

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