CANTON, July 21 – School has been out for a weeks but the athletic honors keep coming for Canton High’s Chelsea Mitchell, who will be a senior in September.
The Hartford Courant named Mitchell as their Bo Kolinsky Female Athlete of the Year on Sunday for the 2018-19 scholastic season.
It’s the 11th year that the Courant has named male and female athletes of the year in honor of Kolinsky, a long-time high school sports editor at the Courant who passed away in 2003. Athletes are honored for their athletic performances throughout the school year.
Mitchell is the first Canton athlete to win the Courant’s athlete of the year honor.
In the fall, Mitchell had a team-leading 15 goals as the girls soccer team won a school-record 10 games and earned a spot in the CIAC Class S tournament.
In the winter, Mitchell won the Class S championship and State Open title in the long jump in indoor girls track and field – becoming the first Canton girl to win a State Open title. Mitchell also took third in the 55 meters at the State Open.
At the New England indoor championships, she was eighth in the 55 meters – the best-ever finish for a Canton girl at the New Englands.
This past spring, Mitchell won the Class S title in the long jump and was second in the 100 and 200 meters. At the State Open, Mitchell won the 100 meters and was second in the long jump. She followed that up with a New England championship in the 100 meters.
She competed at the New Balance Outdoor National Championships in North Carolina and finished second in the emerging elite division in the long jump with a school record leap of 19-3¼.
Mitchell was named the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s (CHSCA) girls track athlete of the year and was also named the Courant’s girls track athlete of the year.