Detroit Mercy - Lewis Sets Second School Record of 2011-12 at Grand Valley State

Detroit Mercy - Lewis Sets Second School Record of 2011-12 at Grand Valley State

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ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Sophomore thrower Eric Lewis (Eastpointe,MI/Fraser) competed in two final pre-NCAA meets at Grand Valley State on the weekend and set a new school record in the hammer throw on Saturday for the University of Detroit Mercy men's track and field team.

On Friday in the second to last chance meet, he had a distance of 55.33m, below his PR of 57.21m, which was not the mark he was looking for as he placed fifth. Saturday he came back and upped his PR and set his second school record of the 2011-12 track and field season with a 58.23m (191-00) launching breaking the record set by Matt Groh in 2003.

Lewis started with a pair of fouls in his first two attempts before throwing 55.90m. He then hit his high point and now awaits his fate depending on results from other last chance meets. The preliminary round of the NCAA Division I Championship will be in Jacksonville, FL on May 24-26 and a hammer throw distance in the top 48 in the country would take Lewis on the road to the Sunshine State. The top marks should be declared by early next week.

Lewis did not come in first place Saturday as Brian Richotte, Assistant Track and Field Coach who works with the Detroit Titan throwers, also took his turn at the hammer throw and tossed 65.39m (214-06) coming out on top of the rest of the competition. Lewis finished second behind Richotte.

Earlier this year in February, Lewis also set a school record and a first place victory in the weight throw at the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships at Youngstown State.

In addition to Lewis, fellow throw Jeff Sherman competed Saturday in the men's shot put 14.54m, good for sixth place.

Sarah Martinez also was in competition on Saturday in the women's 800m and set a new personal best of 2:17.55 and finished in fifth.

Nicole Meisner ran 12.24, a new personal best, in the 100m preliminaries and ran the finals in 12.29 to place sixth.