Hillsborough High track standout Terrence "T-Rex" Mitchell's state championship hopes have been resuscitated.
Mitchell, initially suspended six weeks by the FHSAA for using improper language at the Vernon F. Korhn Hillsborough County Championships two weeks ago, had his suspension reduced by four weeks following a conference call this morning.
FHSAA spokesperson Laurel Ring confirmed the reduction. As a result, Mitchell will be eligible for the Class 3A, District 9 track meet Friday at Armwood, where the Terriers now appear the favorite for the team title.
"I just wanted (to) thank God and all of our supporters who were by our sides, and that it feels like a weight has been lifted off of our shoulders," Terriers coach Joe Sipp said in a text message to the Times. "I am pleased with the ruling."
Mitchell pulled up early in a 100-meter preliminary at the April 6 county meet, later indicating his starting block had slipped out from under him. Shortly thereafter, he was accused of using profanity and disqualified from the meet.
Had Mitchell missed the district meet, his state title aspirations would've been dashed. Now, he'll compete in the 100- and 400-meter dashes as well as the long and triple jumps Friday.
Considered one of the state's best 100-meter sprinters, Mitchell was the 3A state runner-up in the long and triple jumps last season.