Detroit Mercy - NCAA Hammer Throw National Semifinals Set for Friday in Jacksonville

Detroit Mercy - NCAA Hammer Throw National Semifinals Set for Friday in Jacksonville

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DETROIT -- Sophomore hammer thrower Eric Lewis (Eastpointe, MI/Fraser) will represent the University of Detroit Mercy men's track and field team in competition at the NCAA Hammer Throw National Semifinals scheduled to take place Friday on the campus of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL.

Lewis is scheduled to compete Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. Links for live results and a webcast of the competition can be found HERE.

“You have to practice a little harder because I want to try and set a new PR. Smooth control and focus on what I was doing last week will help me this weekend,” said Lewis.

Assistant Track and Field Coach Brian Richotte will head to the USA Olympic Trials for the hammer throw on June 21 and has been helping bring Lewis along and offering wisdom from his prior competitions. Richotte talked about how he was encouraging Lewis for the upcoming event.

“I think talking to him about some of my experiences and what I went through and some of my thought process,” said Richotte. “We feel good that we're heading out to Jacksonville. One of the things we really talked about it is being the underdog and being able to put Detroit on the map.”

The sophomore set a new University of Detroit Mercy record with a toss of 58.23m (191-00) at the Last Chance Meet at Grand Valley State on Saturday, May 12. With the top 48 distances in the East Region advancing to the East Regional Championships, the last throw for Lewis was the 49th best mark overall and just shy of 48. Declarations were made by coaches on Wednesday, May 16 for the hammer throw and adjustments were made the following day due to scratches or other reasons and Lewis moved up to 43rd and with it, earned a trip to Jacksonville and his first appearance in the NCAA Championships.

The hammer throw record was the second school mark Lewis has established during the 2011-12 season. The other came in February when he placed first in the weight throw at 17.67m (57-11.75) in the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships at Youngstown State on Feb. 25-26.

Since 2003 when the regional format was established for the NCAA Track and Field Championships, the Detroit Titans have had a representative from either the men's or women's team compete every season.