The NIU track & field team headed down to Texas April 12 for the UTEP Invitational (Credit: Jorge Salgado)
2013-14:Indoor- Did not compete. Outdoor-Ran the 400 hurdles at four meets... Posted a season-best time of 1:11.40 at the Blue Demon Invitational (4/19) to finish fifth... Placed sixth at the Cougar Classic (3/22) with a 1:13.06 clip.
2012-13: Indoor- Competed in four different events across four meets... Set a personal record in the 400 meters with a 1:06.86 run at the Ball State Quadrangular (2/15)... Recorded a new 600 meters PR with a time of 1:43.26 at the Jack Johnson Classic (1/19)... Placed a season-high fifth place in the 600 meters at the Illini Open (1/12).Outdoor- Ran the 400 hurdles at four meets during the year... Recorded a season-best time of 1:10.48 at the Sea Ray Relays (4/12)... Notched a season-high seventh place performance at the Huskie Open (4/20)... Clocked in at 1:10.92 at the Chicagoland Championships (4/6) in her first 400 hurdles competition.
2011-12: Indoor- Competed in the pentathlon for the majority of the season... Scored a career-best 2,915 points at the MAC Championships (2/24)... Scored 2,844 points at the Illini Classic (1/21). Outdoor- Saw action in two meets during the season as a developmental heptathlete... Took tenth place in the 100 hurdles at the Chicagoland Championships (4/6) and the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational (4/14)... Jumped 16-02.25 in the long jump at the Chicagoland Championships (4/6), finishing in 17th place... Also posted a 30-03.50 mark in the shot put in Chicago.
High School: Lettered all four years in track at Unity High School... Earned Most Valuable Athlete honors each season with the Rockets, while earning the "Most Dedicated Award" as a senior... Holds UHS' record in the 100m hurdles and the Okaw Conference record in the 300m hurdles... Lettered three years in cross country... Was on honor roll all four years of high school, while graduating in the top 10 percent of her class and being named to the National Honor Society... Volunteered with the Pep Club, student council and Future Farmers of America.
Personal: Full name is Lydia Ashton Mitchell... Born on Jan. 18, 1993, in Urbana, Ill... Daughter of Gary and Lisa Mitchell... Has two siblings, Katie and Kordell... Pre-physical therapy major.