University's student-athletes continue to shine in the classroom
Chelsea Hayes, Micara Vassell, Dennis Richardson qualify in multiple events
Richardson, Hayes run fastest 100m and 200m times at conference meet
2012 Outdoor Second Team All-WAC (Long Jump)
2012: Finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 39-1.75/11.93m at the UAB Blazer Invitational (1/12) ... At the AState Invitational (1/27), finished third in the long jump with a mark of 18-9.25/5.72m and placed fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 38-4.25/11.69m ... Placed 23rd in the long jump at the Tyson Invitational (2/10-11) with a mark of 17-10.25/5.44m ... At the WAC Indoor Championships (2/24-25), finished eighth in the long jump with a mark of 18-4.5 (5.60m) and jumped 37-3 (11.35m) in the triple jump to finish 10th ... Opened the outdoor season at the Louisiana Classics (3/17) with a 37th place finish in the 200m, running 26.00 ... At the Victor Lopez Classic (3/23), finished eighth in the long jump with a mark of 18-11.25 (5.77m) and placed 11th in the triple jump with a mark of 37-8.75 (11.50m) ... At hte Jim Mize Invitational (4/7), ran 26.29 in the 200m to finish seventh and placed fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 37-0.5 (11.29m) ... Finished 13th in the long jump at the Mississippi Open (4/14) with a jump of 18-1 (5.51m) ... At the Southeastern Invitational (4/20), finished third in the long jump with a mark of 20-2.25 (6.15m) and finished 10th in the 200m with a time of 25.14 ... Followed that the next day by winning the LSU Alumni Gold (4/21) long jump competition with a jump of 19-6.75 (5.96m) ... Ran 25.47 to finish 14th in the 200m at the Golden Eagle Classic (4/28) ... At the WAC Championships (5/10-11), finished sixth in the long jump to earn second team all-conference honors with a jump of 18-9.25 (5.72m) and placed 12th in the triple jump with a mark of 36-5 (11.10m) ... At the NCAA East Prelims(5/24-26), jumped 18-10.75 (5.76m) to finish 36th in the long jump.
High School: Graduated from Captain Shreve High School in 2011 ... Lettered in track and field ... Garnered all-state and all-district honors ... Won the state title in the long jump in 2009 ... Recorded personal best marks of 24.66 in the 200m, 19-4 in the long jump and 39-1 in the triple jump.
Personal: Tia Nicole Mitchell ... Daughter of Isaiah Mitchell and Felesh Leonard ... Has three siblings: Quinton Evans, Erica Rippins and Colby Smith ... Chose Louisiana Tech over Louisville, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and McNeese State.