GREENSBORO – Competing for a state championship was easily not the best part of Mitchell Yoder’s weekend.
The Polk County senior officially became an American citizen on Friday, completing a process he began last fall. Yoder was born in Ghana.
“It means a lot,” he said. “I can get my license, I can get a passport finally, I can do all of that. I can be more open to do new things.”
Some of those new things will come this fall when Yoder moves to Brevard College, where he will be part of the Tornados’ football program. First he had to complete a busy Saturday at the state meet, where he took part in three events.
Yoder earned points for Polk County’s team effort with a seventh-place finish in the 200 meters, posting a time of 23.37, and helped the 4×100-meter relay team to a ninth-place effort with a time of 45.65. He also placed 13th in the 100 meters in 11.37.
“I feel like I could have done better, but it was good,” Yoder said of his day. We had a PR (personal record) in the 4×100, and overall my 100 and 200 were around my PRs, so all of that felt good.”