Liberty sophomore Kyle Mitchell enjoyed a history-making Saturday at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) U23 Championships. His school-record 61-4.25 effort earned Jamaica's first-ever silver medal in the NACAC U23 men's shot put.
Mitchell's record-breaking shot put came in round five, enabling the first-year Flame to overtake Honduras' Zackery Short for second place. The previous Liberty standard of 61-3 was co-held by Clendon Henderson (2008 Texas Relays) and Mitchell himself, at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet on May 25.
Mitchell earned Jamaica's first medal in the NACAC U23 men's shot put since 2010, when O'Dayne Richards claimed the bronze. Jamaicans also claimed bronze medals in 2004 and 2008, but had never won a gold or silver medal in this event prior to Saturday.
The United States' Jordan Geist took top honors in Saturday evening's competition, thanks to a meet-record 68-3.75 effort.
Mitchell continued a strong summer of international competition with Saturday's performance. He previously placed third in the men's shot put at the Jamaican National Senior Championships on June 23.
Competing in her hometown of Queretaro and representing Mexico, fellow sophomore Naomi Mojica heaved the shot put 49-5.75 for fifth place in the women's U23 event. Reigning NCAA indoor and outdoor shot put national champion Samantha Noennig of the United States won the gold medal with a mark of 56-6.5.
Up Next Liberty Associate Head Track & Field Coach Andrew "Pete" McFadden will serve as the USA Team's head track coach for the World University Games. Track & field events will begin on Monday at San Paolo Stadium in Naples, Italy.
The USA Team squad will feature seven current and former Flames. Meanwhile, Jose Ballivian will compete for his native Chile.