Logan Lewis of Baton Rouge Magnet High won awards and set records as a high school shot put and discus competitor. The best award for Lewis may be the most recent one.
The Southern Mississippi signee was selected as the 2018-19 Gatorade Louisiana Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Lewis is the second Baton Rouge High athlete chosen, joining former LSU sprints star Mikiah Brisco, who won it in 2013-14.
“I started throwing when I was 10 or 11 years old and the goal I set was to be good enough to go to college for free,” Lewis said. “I've done that and I’ve learned that if you start with one goal and work at it, you can do much more.
"I am appreciative of all the awards and honors I’ve received. Winning this one puts me on lists with elite athletes, like Mikiah, and Lolo Jones (former LSU star hurdler). It makes me believe I can achieve even more.”
The Gatorade award recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. Winning the Louisiana honor makes Lewis a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year award to be announced later this month.
Lewis joins an elite alumni association of state track & field award-winners, including Lolo Jones (1997-98, Roosevelt High School, Iowa) and Allyson Felix (2002-03, Los Angeles Baptist High School, Calif.). Another local athlete, Dutchtown High jumps specialist Leah Scott, won the award last year.
Lewis swept the discus/shot put at the LHSAA’s Class 5A state meet. It was the third straight LHSAA discus title for Lewis. An Advocate Star of Stars award-winner and the 5A state record-holder in the discus, her season- and personal-best throw of 45 feet, 6.5 inches in the shot ranked No. 43 nationally. Lewis’ season-best and PR in the discus (146-0) ranked No. 67. She was a six-time LHSAA outdoor track medalist.
“I did not get to talk to her today because she was in orientation at Southern Miss,” BRHS track coach Katara Rosby said. “But I’m guessing Logan was jumping up and down in place once she saw she won this. She works and earns everything she gets. Breaking through to throw 45 feet in the shot was big for her this year. I can’t wait to see what she does in college.”
Lewis maintained a weighted 3.86 GPA in the classroom. Her community involvement includes serving as vice president of the Mu Sigma Rhoer Club, an affiliate of a national youth leadership and empowerment NGO. She also is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and the African American Heritage Club.
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, the March of Dimes, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Swim 1922, a national initiative to increase swim participation and decrease drowning rates in the African American community, are some of the groups she did volunteer work for.
Lewis also gets to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of her choosing.