PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's Logan Lewis tied a 24-year-old school record in the outdoor shot put on Friday, competing at the famed Franklin Field for the Penn Relays. Lewis was the only Diplomat competitor at the 122-year-old event, the oldest track and field meet in the United States.
Lewis uncorked a massive effort of 16.03 meters (52'-7") in his second of three attempts. The distance was not good enough to qualify for the finals in the College men's division, filled primarily with Division I competitors, but it was an outdoor personal best for the junior. He also matched the school record, originally set by Talavou Alailima '95 back in 1993.
All in all, Lewis finished the competition in 17th out of 44 competitors. He also put himself on the cusp of qualifying for the NCAA Division III National Championships, as his distance of 16.03 meters is the 17th-best effort in all of DIII this season.
Check back tomorrow as the full F&M squad returns to action at the Blue Jay Tune-Up, hosted by Elizabethtown.
Update: Lewis' mark for the day was updated by the competition's scorers, giving him a distance of 52-7.25 to break Alailima's record.