SEWARD, Neb. – Courtesy of her series of national qualifying performances at the Concordia Early Bird Meet, Sarah Lewis has been named the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, as announced by the conference on Wednesday (Dec. 15). This marks the first release of conference track and field awards for the 2021-22 indoor season. As a program, Concordia Track and Field raked in a total of 13 GPAC athlete of the week honors during the 2021 indoor/outdoor seasons.
At the Early Bird, Lewis (Mason City, Neb.) clocked times of 8.87 in the 60 meter hurdles and 58.10 in the 400 meters and collaborated on a 4x400 meter relay time of 3:56.83. Each of those times came in under the NAIA automatic national qualifying standard. The performances in the 60 hurdles and 400 meters represented personal bests that currently rank second and third, respectively, on the program’s all-time lists. Lewis is a six-time NAIA All-American.
It’s worth noting that the times for the 400 meters and 4x400 meter relay were converted for a 300-meter track when added to the NAIA national performance lists. Lewis currently sports NAIA national ranks of:
· 2nd in the 4x400m relay (3:53.73)
· 3rd in the 400 meters (57.34)
· 8th in the 60 hurdles (8.87)
Lewis and the Bulldogs will resume the indoor season after the Christmas break with meets scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 14-15.