The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced that University of Wisconsin-Superior junior Traelynn Lewis (Camino, Calif.) has been selected as its athlete of the week in women’s field events for the week ending Feb. 19. Lewis is the first Yellowjacket to receive weekly honors in women’s track and field this season.
“This is a much deserved award for Traelynn. Ever since she got here she has been working extremely hard to be the best athlete she can be and it is paying off. She is really showing what hard work has done for her,” UWS coach Glen Drexler said. “She has put in the time and effort to get this far and I really believe we are only beginning to see what she is capable of doing.”
Two weeks ago at the Lake Superior Challenge, Lewis had a leap in the triple jump of 11.27 meters (36 feet, 11.75 inches). At the time it made her the top triple jumper in the WIAC as well as ranking her 13th in the nation. Then at last Thursday’s BSU Twilight (hosted by Bemidji State), Lewis bettered the mark. Her jump of 11.66 meters (38 feet, 3.25 inches) kept her atop the WIAC Honor Roll and also put her in the top-10 nationally. Lewis is currently ranked eighth in the country among all women’s Division III triple jumpers.
“Traelynn is an extremely versatile athlete who can do so much more than triple jump,” Drexler said. “She is a solid sprinter who could probably do very well in the multi events as well.”
Lewis showed off that versatility last week. At Saturday’s Northern Challenge (hosted by Northern Michigan), two days after her triple jump mark, Lewis placed second in the 400-meter dash with a personal-record time of 59.41 seconds. Later, Lewis ran the anchor leg of the 4x400-meter relay, coming from behind to give the Yellowjackets the win by 1/100 of a second.
The Yellowjackets will compete in the WIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at UW-Stout in Menomonie.