Mitchell, White Reach Indoor NCAA Finals
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (March 9, 2018) – Sophomore Jaylen Mitchell and junior Kayla White advanced past the preliminary round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships placing in the top-eight of their respective events on Friday.
Mitchell ran a personal-record 6.59 in the men’s 60 meters preliminary round to finish third overall. He was third in his heat behind Auburn’s Raheem Chambers (6.56) and Houston’s Elijah Hall (6.56). The finals will take place on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (ET).
White moves on to the next round in the women’s 60-meter hurdles final by placing eighth at 8.12 seconds. That was her second-fastest time of the season. The finals will take place on Saturday at 6:20 p.m. Junior Rodney Rowe ended his indoor season placing 16th in the men’s 200m prelims despite running his second-fastest time of the season at 20.99.
By reaching the finals in their respective events, Mitchell and White will earn All-American honors in indoor track and field. Mitchell is just the third male to earn indoor first-team All-American accolades, joining Desmond Lawrence (2015, 60m) and Brandon Via (2006, triple jump). Meanwhile, White is only the second female to pick up indoor first-team accolades as will finally give company to Alexandria Spruill who did it in the 400m in 2009.