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Thu. April 8, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Hillsborough star sprinter Terrence Mitchell has been suspended six weeks by the Florida High School Athletic Association for using profanity during Tuesday's Hillsborough County Championships, which could essentially end his high school career.

In a letter from FHSAA assistant executive director Dr. Peggy Jones to Hillsborough athletic director Bertha Baker, the FHSAA said Mitchell violated Article 7.2.1 of the FHSAA bylaws on unsportsmanlike conduct. Mitchell was handed a Level 2 suspension (six weeks).

If the FHSAA's ruling isn't appealed, the suspension would last until May 18, which would include the district, region and state meets.

Mitchell is one of the top sprinters in the state. He owns the state's second-best time in the 100 meters. He has also signed a football scholarship with USF, where he plans to run track.

Mitchell was disqualified for using improper language following an incident at the end of the 100-meter prelims Tuesday afternoon.

Mitchell stumbled out of the starting block and pulled up roughly 30 meters into the race, later indicating his starting block had slipped. Mitchell and Hillsborough coach Joe Sipp appeared to have a heated exchange with the race official near the starting line at the end of the race.

Because he was suspended from the meet, a report was sent to the FHSAA and investigated.

A message left on Sipp's voicemail was not immediately returned.

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