Lewis and Hylton named MIAA Athletes of the Week

After turning in strong finishes against a tough field over the weekend, Lincoln sprinters Romel Lewis and Donna-Lee Hylton have been named as Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.

Lewis posted the best time in NCAA Division II in the 60-meter dash at the Grand Valley State University Five-Way on Saturday to earn the Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honors. The senior from West Palm Beach, Fla. won the event with a time of 6.66 seconds, just one of two automatic qualifying times set by a Division II athlete this season.

Lewis also won the 200 on Saturday, finishing in 21.47 seconds, a provisional time that ranks seventh nationally.

This marks the sixth-career MIAA Men’s Track Athlete of the Week award for Lewis, and the first since earning the nod at the beginning of the 2012-13 indoor season. It’s also the first league Athlete of the Week award for any member of the men’s indoor team this year.

Hylton earned the Women’s Track Athlete of the Week honors after winning a pair of races at the GVSU Five-Way to lead the top-ranked Blue Tigers past No. 2 Grand Valley State on Saturday.

The senior from Kingston, Jamaica beat 18 competitors in the 400, winning the race with a provisional time of 55.91 seconds, the third-best mark in Division II.

Hylton was also a member of Lincoln’s 400-meter relay team, which edged the field with a time of 3:49.15. Hylton teamed with Lovan Palmer, Tamara Keane, and Willomena Williams to set the best time in Division II this season.

This was the fourth MIAA Women’s Track Athlete of the Week honor for Hylton and the second in two weeks.

Both Lincoln programs will be back in action this weekend at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. The two-day meet, hosted by the University of Nebraska, will take place on Friday and Saturday.


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