Jackson Gerber, Sports Editor
Junior sprinter Jada Lewis broke Augsburg’s 15-year-old 60-meter dash school record last Friday at the University of Minnesota Cold Classic. Her 7.67 second effort increased her MIAC lead in the 60M dash and puts her 6th in the nation. The previous record of 7.69 seconds was set in 2005 by Tonisha Bell.
Heading into the finals on Friday, Lewis had one thing on her mind. Set the record. “All I was focused on was breaking the school record. I told myself I was not going to leave the U of M indoor track without that school record.” Lewis continued,”I was just trying to focus on the phases of my race.” And she did just that, flying through the finish line en route to a second place effort, finishing behind a Division I U of M sprinter. Lewis said she knew right away when she crossed the finish line that she had broken the record. “I looked up at the screen that was posting live times, and I saw 7.67.”
Lewis is not done yet. She has many more goals left to check off, including breaking her own record at the MIAC conference championships this Friday and Saturday at St. John’s. “I want to run a 7.5”, said Lewis. Along with wanting to win her third straight MIAC championship in the 60 meter dash, Lewis is gunning for another championship as well, “I’m hoping to win a national title in the 60m,” she said. As for her goals for the outdoor season, Lewis is remaining ambitious. “I want to make it to nationals and become MIAC champ in the 100m and 200m,” she said.
Only a junior, Lewis is well on her way to national recognition and is primed to continue this historic run through her junior and senior seasons.
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