Earl Mitchell


IUB Athletics Hall of Fame (2003)


Mitchell captained the 1942 Indiana cross country team that finished tied for first in the nation. The first Hoosier to win two Big Ten cross country individual championships (1942 and 1946), Mitchell took second in the nation in 1942 and fifth in 1946. A two-year cross country (1942 and 1946) and three-year track (1942, 1946 and 1947) letterwinner, Mitchell won the 1942 Big Ten indoor and outdoor two-mile championship and the 1946 Big Ten outdoor two-mile crown (9:52.6). He won the 1943 Wanamaker Mile with a time of 4:08.6, 1.2 seconds away from the world record.