GRINNELL, Iowa – Franklin & Marshall's Logan Lewis took on the nation's best on Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, and the sophomore rose to the occasion, setting a new Centennial Conference (CC) record and finishing ninth overall in the shot put. The event was won by Theron Baumann of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Lewis unleashed his best effort of the day in his very first attempt, uncorking an effort of 16.40 meters (53'-9.75"). That distance broke the CC indoor shot put record, previously 15.85 meters (52'-11"), held by Joe Awantang of Haverford and Nate Grim of Gettysburg.
Lewis also landed in ninth place overall with the effort. The sophomore fell just 12 centimeters short of eighth place, which would have earned him All-America status in his first trip to the national stage.
The Sidney, Neb. native, now the reigning conference champion in both the indoor and outdoor shot put, will look to improve on his impressive indoor season this spring during outdoor competition.
F&M begins its spring season on Friday at the Wake Forest Invitational.