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Mitchell finishes second at Border Duel

The Sandy High standout will continue racing at Northwest Nazarene in the fall


by: SANDY POST: DAVID BALL - Sandy High graduate Isaac Mitchell earned the second-place medal in the 3,000-meter race at Sundays Border Duel all-star meet. WILSONVILLE — Sandy senior Isaac Mitchell broke to the front of the pack when the starting gun sounded. No one was in front of him, but he still had something to chase — the clock. In fact, that was his main purpose for racing at Sunday’s Border Duel all-star meet.

Mitchell had broken Sandy’s school record in the 1,500-meter race earlier in the spring season, but his efforts had come up a few seconds short in the longer event.

“I was four seconds off at the state meet, and I wanted one more shot at it,” Mitchell said. “I just thank God for this season — it’s been a great way to finish my high school career.”

Mitchell set the pace through the first half of the race, which quickly turned into a two-way battle with Davis Kaahanui out of Hawaii. But while Mitchell was at the front of the pack, he wasn’t running at a record clip in the 85-degree heat.

“I was running for splits early on, but once that fell off I just focused on racing,” Mitchell said. “He was a tough competitor — it was a good race.”

Kaahanui made his move for the lead with about 1,000 meters left, and Mitchell spent the final two laps a stride behind. He attempted to make a surge a couple times on the final lap, but his counterpart answered each challenge and came through the line about 10 meters ahead. Mitchell finished second in 8:55.92.

Mitchell plans to take a few weeks off from the running circuit before resuming training for his college career, which will take him to Northwest Nazarene in Idaho.

“I like the school and they were able to offer a sizeable scholarship — I feel like that is where God is leading me,” Mitchell said.