NCCU’s Lewis Places Seventh in 200m Dash at USATF Junior Championships
By KYLE SERBA
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – North Carolina Central University freshman Gordon Lewis placed seventh in the 200-meter dash and 12th in the 400m dash at the 2018 USATF Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 15-17 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
A native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Lewis qualified for the 200m dash finals with a first-round time of 21.13 seconds on Saturday, and then ran a 21.43 in the finals on Sunday.
In Saturday’s first round of the 400m dash, Lewis posted a time of 47.98 to finish in 12th place.
The USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, which featured hundreds of the nation’s top Under-20 athletes, serves as Team USATF’s selection event for the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships on July 10-15 in Finland.
During his first collegiate season, the 19-year-old posted season-best times of 20.82 seconds in the 200m dash preliminaries at the MEAC Championships and 47.07 seconds in the 400m dash to place second at the Raleigh Relays.
Lewis also qualified for the 200m and 400m dashes at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Championships, finishing 34th in the 200m dash with a time of 20.87 and placing 40th in the 400m dash with a time of 47.54.