Summer nights bring athletes to Westchester Track & Field Series
Dan Reiner, email@example.com 4:10 p.m. EDT July 17, 2015
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The 55-year-old decathlete
Many athletes can point to a specific memory that inspired them to pursue their sport. For Nick Mitchell, it was watching Bruce Jenner win the decathlon at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Mitchell, entering his ninth year as track and field coach at Archbishop Stepinac High School, didn’t run a race until his sophomore year at Manhattan College. After college, he began to fine-tune his skills, focusing on the decathlon events. He went on to win gold medals in five summer Empire State Games in the event.
At age 55, he knows he won’t reach any personal best times or distances at this point in his career, but he sets “realistic” goals for himself before each Twilight Series season. He uses the meets to continue his decathlon career, often completing all ten events in just a few hours. At one meet a few years ago, Mitchell completed a whopping 16 events.
“I want to go with people of my ability. I don’t care if they’re 15 or 40 or 80,” he said. “I think it’s great that we have athletes of all different abilities here competing at their highest level.”
The Westchester Summer Twilight Track & Field Series is operated in conjunction with the Town of Cortlandt Recreation Department and the Taconic Road Runners Club. Want to compete?
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Mitchell, Nick [MC????]
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I believe that Nick is a member of the Class of 1981.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Mitchell, Nick [MC1981]
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