"Pennie", as Jessica's friends call her, is the South Carolina State Meet record holder for 800 meters, and she has also been All-State in the mile ... Last summer she was a finalist in the USATF Junior Olympics in both the 800 and 1500 meters ... Coach Rosenthal believes with her ability to run the mile, she will develop into a very good cross country runner for the team ... Her PR's are 2:14 for 800 and 5:10 for 1600 ... Has one sister, Simone (9) ... Jessica was born Sept. 20, 1988 and is the daughter of Colleen Mitchell.
"The longevity of team experience and accomplishments. Also, the coaching commitment and dedication. With that insight, I know Carolina will develop me into the runner and champion I'm supposed to be."