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Huskie junior sprinter Janay Mitchell honored as MAC’s Track & Field Athlete of the Week

March 21, 2012
Janay Mitchell

Janay Mitchell

Northern Illinois’ Janay Mitchell was named the Mid-American Conference’s Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.

“It’s great to start out the season with an honor from the MAC with Janay Mitchell being recognized as the Athlete of the Week,” said Huskie head coach Connie Teaberry.

“Janay’s been working really hard through some injuries, so we’re excited that she’s still able to perform at a high level. We expect more to come from her in the next couple weeks.”

Mitchell broke two school records and posted three top five finishes Saturday at the UCF Black & Gold Challenge in Orlando, Fla.

The junior toppled the top NIU mark in the 200 meters with a 24.07 run to take fourth place and break the previous Huskie standard by a full tenth of a second. Mitchell also had a hand in the 4×100 relay’s record, running the second leg of the 45.51 clip to finish in third place. She completed her day with a PR run of 11.84 in the 100 meters.

This is the second time the Teaneck, N.J., native has won the award this season, as she also took the honor Jan. 31.

NIU’s next meet is the weekend of March 29, when the team heads to the Lone Star State for the 85th annual Texas Relays.

For more information on NIU track and field and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.