OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - An Olympian from the Kansas City area is back home.
Maurice Mitchell, of Raytown, Mo., surprised his family by coming home last Thursday morning. Since then, he has made the rounds, greeting students at his former high school and meeting old high school track coach Tom Lester.
Lester -- now a coach at Johnson County Community College -- asked Mitchell to speak Monday afternoon to members of JCCC's track team.
Mitchell qualified for his first Summer Olympics in London. He advanced to the semifinals before falling short of advancing to the 200-meter final.
The Olympic sprinter attended Raytown South High School from 2005-08. He led Raytown South to its first team state track title in school history. Mitchell still holds the state record in the 100 and 200 meters. He won eight state titles, including six individual championships and two relay titles.
Mitchell graduated from Florida State last May. He won't be in Raytown for long. He'll soon head back to his home in Dallas, Texas, where he's training for the next Olympics.