2013 European Junior Champion (200 Meters)
A welcomed addition to LSU’s sprints and relays group as one of the premier freshmen performers in the NCAA during the 2013 season … Crowned an SEC champion and earned All-America honors while running the third leg of LSU’s 4x100-meter relay team during the outdoor season … Teamed with Damar Forbes, Aaron Ernest and Shermund Allsop to clock a seasonal best of 38.78 seconds for a fourth-place finish in the national final at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Eugene, Ore. … Broke 39 seconds in back-to-back races at the NCAA Outdoor Championships while also running 38.94 in the semifinal round … Also an NCAA semifinalist in the 200-meter dash in his debut at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Ran a seasonal best wind-aided time of 20.67 (+3.1) in the national semifinal en route to a 16th-place finish in the 200 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Sprinted to a wind-legal personal best of 20.76 (+1.7) in the national quarterfinal for the 10th-best qualifying time at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Greensboro, N.C. … Ran back-to-back wind-legal personal records at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds as he also clocked 20.92 (+0.7) for the 15th-fastest time in the qualifying round … Also competed in the 100-meter dash at the NCAA East Prelims, finishing in 25th place in the first round of qualifying with his wind-legal PR of 10.43 (+1.3) … Helped the Tigers advance to the national semifinals of the 4x100-meter relay after running the third leg on the team that clocked 39.19 for the second-fastest time of the quarterfinal round at the NCAA East Prelims … Crowned an SEC champion in the 4x100-meter relay while running the third leg on the team that took the title in 38.98 at the SEC Outdoor Championships held in Columbia, Mo. … Scored two points for the Tigers with a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter final at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Clocked 21.03 (+0.9) in his first career 200-meter final at the SEC Outdoor Championships after running 21.06 (+1.7) for the seventh-fastest time in the preliminary round … Finished in 19th place in the 100 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships after posting 10.46 (+1.7) in the qualifying round … Opened the outdoor season by clocking a wind-aided seasonal best of 10.40 (+2.6) for a runner-up finish in the 100 meters at the Louisiana Classics … Broke 21 seconds in the 200 meters for the first time in his collegiate career with a wind-aided run of 20.98 (+2.7) for fourth place at the LSU Alumni Gold … Set indoor personal bests of 6.79 in the 60-meter dash and 21.08 in the 200-meter dash during his freshman season indoors in 2013 … Recorded back-to-back indoor PRs of 21.08 in the 200 meters in a fourth-place finish at the Tyson Invitational and 10th-place finish in the preliminary round at the SEC Indoor Championships … Tied for the No. 10 spot on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the men’s 200 meters with his indoor PR of 21.08 … Finished in 18th place in the 60-meter dash at the SEC Indoor Championships with a time of 6.82 in qualifying … Also ran the third leg on LSU’s bronze-medal-winning 4x400-meter relay team at the SEC Indoor Championships … Split 47.44 seconds on the third leg as he helped lead the Tigers to a third-place finish in the SEC Indoor final of the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:07.89 … Raced to PR of 6.79 in the 60 meters with an 18th-place finish in the semifinal round at the Tyson Invitational … Saw improvement in his 60-meter performance at the Armory Collegiate Invitational after running 6.82 in the prelim round and 6.84 for sixth place in the consolation final in the event held at New York’s Armory Track & Field Center … Also lined up in the 200 meters during the 2013 indoor season at the Texas A&M Triangular (21.42), Razorback Invitational (21.40), Armory Collegiate Invitational (21.70) and Alex Wilson Invitational (21.35) … Dropped his PR in the 200 meters to 20.62 following the collegiate season while competing for Great Britain at the 2013 European Athletics Junior Championships in Rieti, Italy … Clocked back-to-back personal bests in the 200 meters with efforts of 20.70 (+1.5) in the semifinal and 20.62 (-0.7) in the final while being crowned the European Junior gold medalist.
PRIOR TO LSU
An emerging sprint talent who joined the LSU Track & Field program in the fall of 2012 following his prep career at Jamaica College in Kingston ... Set personal records of 10.49 in the 100-meter dash and 21.49 in the 200-meter dash at Jamaica College ... Won the fifth preliminary heat in the 200 meters with a PR of 21.49 (+1.8) in the qualifying round at the 2012 Jamaican Boys & Girls Championships in Kingston ... Took home the 200-meter bronze medal at Champs during the 2012 season after clocking 21.72 in the final into a strong headwind of 3.3 meters per second ... Improved from his fourth-place finish in the 200-meter final at Champs as a high school junior in 2011 ... Represented Great Britain in the 200 meters at the 2011 IAAF World Youth Championships held in Lille, France ... Advanced to the semifinal round of the 200-meter dash in his first international competition for Great Britain ... Ran 21.54 into a headwind of 1.5 meters per second to win the 200-meter crown at the 2011 Jamaican National Junior Championships held in Kingston ... Set his 100-meter PR of 10.49 in winning the event title at the 2011 Jamaica College Invitational ... Anchored Jamaica College to a runner-up finish in the Championship of America 4x100-meter relay at the 2012 Penn Relays with their run for 40.57 in the final ... Finished runner-up to the winning time of 40.34 by Wolmer's Boys ... A native of London, England, who attended Mayfield High School before moving to Mandeville, Jamaica, with his family ... Named the Sportsman of the Year at Mayfield High School during the 2005-06 school year ... Received the Jack Petchey Award for Athletic Excellence in 2005 ... Honored with a selection to the Order of the Griffin at Jamaica College during his senior season in 2012.
Full name is Nethaneel Joseph Mitchell-Blake ... Born on April 2, 1994, in Newham, London, England ... Parents are Joseph Blake and Audrey Mitchell-Blake ... Has three brothers, Justin, Raphael and Christian ... Also has three sisters, Natasha, Tanieka and Jazmin ... Attended Mayfield High School in England before moving to Mandeville, Jamaica, with his family ... Finally resided in Kingston to attend school at Jamaica College ... Majoring in accounting.