On Feb. 9, track and field senior Marisa Hunnicutt-Mitchell signed with Cleary University (CU), a college in Howell, Michigan.
“Marisa has a natural talent and speed. She will be great for the team and help us out tremendously,” said Cleary University coach Sarah Boyle. “We had to have her at CU.”
Mitchell came to King at the beginning of her senior year. She felt King had the coaching talent to enhance her athletic abilities. She has been a part of track and field for several years and has developed a passion for the sport. In her off season, she participates in cross country.
“I love running. It's a freeing sport,” said Mitchell. “These were some of the proudest moments of life.”
During Mitchell's four years in high school, she has accomplished a lot. As a freshman Mitchell came in third place in the state championships. When she was a sophomore, she was MVP for track and field at Bradford Academy in Detroit. As a junior, she won the Charter Schools Conference for the 400 relay.
Mitchell was approached by several colleges. Some of which were Madonna University, Judson University, and Missouri Valley College but Mitchell was drawn to CU.
“I felt CU was a perfect fit,” said Mitchell “It is close to home and it has a greater history behind its name.
CU has a history of producing champions in women's cross country. This year, Madison Paquette finished third in the 3000-Meter and Aleighsha Engisch finished sixth in the 800-Meter at the Hillsdale Wide Track Classic.