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Worcester State's Lewis Claims Back-to-Back NCAA Outdoor High Jump National Championships

Worcester State's Lewis Claims Back-to-Back NCAA Outdoor High Jump National Championships


Worcester State University's sophomore Justin Lewis (Lynn, Mass.) repeats as the NCAA Division III Outdoor High Jump National Champion as he won the event on Friday (May 25) with a school record height of 2.18m (7' 1.75") at the Memorial Field Sports Complex. Lewis becomes the first back-to-back high jump champion since Wheaton College's Dan Olson (2002-04).

Joining Lewis as an All-American is Fitchburg State junior Cameron Stalters (Norton, Mass.) who finished second overall in the javelin with a personal best toss of 69.90m (229' 4.0").

Westfield State sophomore William Canty (South Grafton, Mass.) placed 14th in the decathlon with a total of 6,218 points, with the events contested on Thursday and Friday. On Friday, Owls' senior David Drigo (Masconomet/Middletown, Mass.) competed in the men's javelin, finishing in 19th place with a top throw of 52.53m (172'-04").

On the women's side, Westfield State senior Ashley Craig (Groton, Mass.) placed fifth in the nation in the women's pole vault with a top height of 3.75 meters (12' 3.5").  By virtue of finishing in the top eight at the NCAA meet, Craig will be awarded All-America honors from the US Collegiate Track and Field Coaches Association.

Westfield's Jessie Cardin (Sutton, Mass.) qualified for the finals of the 3000 steeplechase by placing third in her qualifying heat with a time of 10:49.86.  The top five runners from each heat, plus the next four fastest times advance to Sunday's 14-competitor final.

Westfield State junior Lexi Popp (Westford, Mass.) ended up 18th in the 400 hurdles in her first trip to the NCAA Championship meet.  Popp finished with a time of 1:09.27 and will not advance to the final.   

On Friday, senior Sabrina Pray (Mansfield, Mass.) wrapped up her career with and 11th place finish in the hurdles and will not advance to the nine-runner finals.  Pray's time of 14.81 was just 7/100ths of a second away from qualifying.  She was an All-American in 2017 with a seventh-place finish.

Bridgewater State University junior Jayci Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) qualified for the finals of the 100-meter hurdles on Friday afternoon. Andrews placed eighth in the preliminaries with a time of 14.68 seconds. The top nine hurdlers advanced to Saturday's final which is slated to get underway at approximately 2:00 PM (EST). Andrews was seeded sixth in the 100 hurdles with a school-record and qualifying time of 14.27 seconds.

BSU junior Kira Gilbreath (West Haven, Utah) finished 22nd in the shot put with a distance of 12.30m (40' 4.25"). She entered the championships seeded 16th in the shot with a school-record and qualifying mark of 13.67m (44' 10.25").

Fitchburg State's Annie Woolley earned a spot in the 100 meter hurdle finals with Andrews on Saturday after finishing fourth in the prelims with a time of 14.57 seconds. 

Portions of this release courtesy of Bridgewater State, Fitchburg State, Westfield State and Worcester State Sports Information