Detroit Mercy - Lewis Places Fifth in Flight; Sees 2012 Come to a Close

Detroit Mercy - Lewis Places Fifth in Flight; Sees 2012 Come to a Close

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JACKSONVILLE -- The NCAA Men's Hammer Throw National Semifinals field featured University of Detroit Mercy men's track and field sophomore Eric Lewis (Eastpointe, MI/Fraser) in Jacksonville, FL, on Friday with competition on the campus of the University of North Florida as part of the East Regional in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Lewis had three throws to advance to the second round. The preliminary round of the hammer throw competition had three flights of 16 individuals each with Lewis in the first flight. The top 16 overall advance and then have three more throw attempts with the top 12 (no ties) from that continuing on to the final round of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, IA on June 6-9.

Lewis started with a foul on his first attempt and followed that with a 54.20m (177-10) second throw. His longest throw was his third of the day when he had a launching of 56.38m (184-11). He was in fifth place at the end of his flight with his distance needing to hold up as one of the top 16 marks to advance with 32 more throwers to compete.

The throw did not hold up and Lewis finished 34th overall in the East Region, improving from his original seed of 43 entering the tournament and bringing his stellar sophomore season to a close.

Lewis set a new University of Detroit Mercy record with a hammer throw of 58.23m (191-00) at the Last Chance Meet at Grand Valley State on May 12. With the top 48 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 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 for Lewis was the second school mark he established during the 2011-12 season. The other came in February when he won the weight throw with a toss of 17.67m (57-11.75) at the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships at Youngstown State on Feb. 25-26.