Events: 400H (1:01.76), 800M (IN: 2:12.52; OUT: 2:10.67), 1,500M (4:37.66)
An 800-meter specialist in her debut season with the Lady Tigers in 2016 ... Opened her outdoor season by running a lifetime personal best of 2 minutes, 10.67 seconds in a runner-up finish at Miami's Hurricane Twilight ... Followed by running 2:10.93 for 12th place overall at the Battle on the Bayou ... Finished 13th at the Texas Invitational (2:13.51) and 15th at the LSU Alumni Gold (2:15.26) ... Also clocked a personal-best time of 4:37.66 while running the 1,500 meters at the Texas Invitational, finishing in eighth place ... Also lettered indoors while running the 800 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Raced to an indoor PR of 2:12.52 for 17th place in 800-meter qualifying at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Finished runner-up in the event at the LSU Twilight with a time of 2:13.22 ... Took fifth place in her collegiate debut at the Bayou Bengal Invitational with a time of 2:17.03 ... Also ran the 800 meters indoors at the Power Five Conference Clash (2:15.45), Razorback Invitational (2:13.50) and Iowa State Classic (2:13.34) ... Honored for her academic performance with a selection to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll following the season.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the leading middle distance runners in the Midwest during her time at Waukee High School … A two-time medalist at the Iowa Class 4A State Championships during her senior season in 2015 … Iowa’s Class 4A silver medalist in the 400-meter hurdles for 2015 while running a personal-best time of 1:01.76 in the state final … Also Iowa’s Class 4A bronze medalist in the 800 meters with a time of 2:15.48 at the state meet … Finished in 11th place overall in the 1,500 meters at the state meet during her senior season with a time of 4:49.18 … Won two District 6-4A titles in the 400 hurdles (1:03.52) and 800 meters (2:18.95) ahead of her appearance at the state meet in 2015 … Placed fourth in the 1,500 meters at the district meet in 2015 with a time of 4:56.83 … Silver medalist in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.59.53 at the 2015 Central Iowa Conference Championships hosted by Waukee High School … Also placed third as the bronze medalist in the 800 meters at the CIC Championships in 2015 … Twice a Drake Relays bronze medalist in her senior season in 2015, taking third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:03.23 and 800 meters with a personal-best time of 2:12.38 … Swept District 3-4A titles in both the 400 hurdles (1:07.26) and 800 meters (2:19.40) as a junior in 2014 en route to a berth in the state championships … Was the Iowa Class 4A bronze medalist in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:04.42 at the 2014 Iowa Class 4A Outdoor State Championships to highlight her junior season … Went on to finish eighth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:16.11 at the 2014 state meet … Also crowned the CIC Champion in the 400 hurdles as a junior in 2014 with a time of 1:06.13 at the conference meet … Appeared in both the 400 hurdles and 800 meters at the Drake Relays in 2014, finishing fourth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:05.40 and eighth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:15.26 … A three-time district silver medalist during her sophomore season in 2013 as the second-place finisher in the 400 hurdles(1:06.97), 800 meters(2:22.29) and 1,500 meters (4:58.62) … Followed with the 10th-place finish in the 800 meters (2:16.52) and 17th-place finish in the 1,500 meters (4:55.00) at the state championships for the 2013 season … Medaled at the district meet as a freshman as the third-place finisher in the 800 meters.
Full name is Erika Michelle Lewis … Born on Aug. 26, 1997 … Parents are Keri and Dan Lewis … Has a younger brother named Jackson … Graduated from Waukee High School as the valedictorian of her senior class … Maintained a weighted 4.315 grade-point average for her high school career … Recipient of the Governor’s Scholar Award while at Waukee High School … Was also a National AP Scholar and Des Moines Register All-Academic selection during her prep career … An accomplished musician who played piano in her school’s jazz band, helping lead her school to a state championship in 2012 and state runner-up finish in 2013 … Played clarinet in a concert band and was a four-year all-state performer … Majoring in biology.