Mitchell's appeal to be heard Tuesday

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Mon. April 19, 2010 | Joey Knight | Email

A conference call to review the appeal of suspended Hillsborough High track star Terrence Mitchell will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. by the FHSAA, Terriers coach Joe Sipp said.

One of Florida's best sprinters and a 2009 state runner-up in the long and triple jumps, Mitchell received a six-week "Level 2" suspension by the FHSAA for using improper language at the Vernon F. Korhn Hillsborough County Championships two weeks ago.

At that event, he stumbled out of the starting blocks and pulled up early in the 100-meter preliminary, later indicating his block had slipped. Shortly after Mitchell and Sipp appeared to have a heated exchange with a race official near the starting line, Mitchell was disqualified from the meet.

If his appeal isn't overturned, Mitchell's state title aspirations are finished. Hillsborough competes in the Class 3A, District 9 meet Friday at Armwood. Only the top four finishers in each event qualify for regionals. The top four region finishers make state.

"I am just praying and trying to stay positive on the whole thing," Sipp said. "One good thing is that they have not said no yet, so we still have hope."

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