Lewis to compete for national championship in 60m hurdles
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – For the fourth straight year Plymouth State University will be represented at the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships as the selection committee has announced the participants for the 2020 championships.
Junior Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) is one of 20 athletes who will compete for a national title in the 60-meter hurdles. Preliminaries are scheduled for 2:40 p.m. on Friday (Mar. 13) at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C., with the three heat winners and next five fastest times advancing to the finals at 2:50 p.m. on Saturday (Mar. 14).
Lewis has been on an absolute tear of late, setting and resetting the school record four different times, including each of his last three appearances.
"It's great to see Terrell qualify for this meet after coming up just shy twice as a sophomore," said head coach John Ostler. "He told me after outdoor season last year that he'd never let himself be left out of the NCAA meet again. I'm not surprised he followed through on that promise."
Lewis claimed his first Little East Conference (LEC) title in the 55-meter hurdles on Feb. 22 with a conference record performance of 7.60 seconds. The converted time (8.17) was a school record. He matched that on a full 60-meter track to place second at the New England Regional Championship meet the following week, before resetting the record yesterday with an 8.13 at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet.
"Terrell has been getting stronger and more technically sound each week," added Ostler. "Running a lifetime best on three straight weekends has given him a lot of confidence. He'll need it because he's racing in one of the best hurdle fields in recent NCAA history, but he's not scared of anyone after tying a reigning All-American at Tufts last weekend."
Lewis will enter the weekend tied for the tenth fastest time in the nation this year and is one of just three competitors from New England.
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