Photos: LHSAA State Track meet _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- John Curtis' Monae Lewis anchored the winning 4x200-meter relay in Class 3A at the LHSAA state track meet earlier this month at LSU.

Unlike when she is flying over the hurdles, Monae Lewis took her sweet little time in choosing a college.

Lewis, who just graduated from John Curtis, signed last week to run at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

“I just really liked it,” Lewis said Friday while visiting the campus. “They are very welcoming, and their coach is a go-getter.”

Lewis said her other finalist was Texas Southern, but she decided on the Division II school that has had plenty of success in track and field.

The Academy of Art University is just two years removed from winning the indoor and outdoor national titles.

“I was really just trying to see what was going to be a better fit,” Lewis said. “It’s not a traditional college. It’s really spread out in the heart of San Francisco. It’ll be something new. I’m happy for the chance to get away from home and meet new people and see new things.”

Lewis won the Class 3A state title in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles in early May at the LHSAA state championships. It was her second consecutive year doubling in the two events and third straight year winning the 300 hurdles. She also anchored the winning 4x200 relay team and helped Curtis win the team championship.

Now she hopes to continue her success in California.

“I will be doing both hurdles, and hopefully she will throw me in one of those relays,” Lewis said about her college aspirations. “A lot of the seniors graduated, so it’s a younger team.”

She admitted she didn’t know a whole lot about the school this time a year ago.

“I started hearing about it at the beginning of my senior year,” Lewis said. “I started researching it and looking into it and fell in love with it instantly and here I am.”

Lewis is the first Curtis female to sign a full track scholarship.

AAU Volleyball Tourney set

The Allstate Sugar Bowl will sponsor the AAU Girls Volleyball Super Regionals hosted by Louisiana Volleyball on Saturday and Sunday at Loyola University and the Hilton Rivercenter.

The event is expected to feature over 60 teams and nearly 700 young athletes from eight states playing multiple matches over the two-day event.

It is the sixth year the Sugar Bowl has sponsored the event.

For a complete schedule, visit www.