Lewis earns honor in 60m hurdles
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University junior Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) was honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) with All-America honors the group announced on Tuesday.
Lewis was less than 24 hours from competing for a national title at the NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships when the league canceled all remaining winter championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All-America status is normally reserved for student-athletes who score any portion of a team point (top eight in the finals of an individual event or as a member of a top eight placing relay event) at the NCAA Championships, but the USTFCCCA Executive Committee adjusted the criteria due to the cancelation of the championships, awarding the honor to all student-athletes declared and accepted into individual events and all members of relays who produced the performance that was declared and accepted into their events.
The award is the first for Lewis, who joins recent alumni Sam Brunnette '19 and Warren Bartlett '19 as the only Plymouth State indoor track & field athletes to attain the prestigious honor.
Lewis was tied for the tenth fastest time in the nation and was one of just three competitors from New England to be accepted into the championship field. He enjoyed a remarkable season, setting and resetting the school record four different times, including each of his final three appearances of the year. He 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 of 8.17 was a school record) and 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 on March 7 with an 8.13 at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet.
"We're very appreciative the USTFCCCA chose to recognize all the athletes who had their seasons cut short," said head coach John Ostler. "Terrell had an All-American indoor campaign. He came in fitter than ever, his preparation was flawless and he was getting faster every week leading into NCAAs. There was no question in my mind, right until the second the meet was canceled, that Terrell was going to race his way to All-American status at nationals. Now his great season gets immortalized, as it should be."
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