A major contributor to the Lady Tigers in the 2017 season … Had four-straight Top 25 individual finishes to start her junior year … Won the individual title at the New Orleans Invitational (5k) while recording a time of 18:24.43 … Finished first or second for the Lady Tigers in five of seven races … Placed seventh at the LSU Invitational (5k) at 18:33.00 … At the Texas A&M Invitational (6k), she finished in 20th-place … Came in 23rd-place at the Bulldog SEC Preview (6k) with a time of 23:02.50 … Ended her junior season finishing in 75th-place at the NCAA South Central Regional (6k) at 21:49.80.
After a solid freshman campaign, Lewis teamed with Ruby Stauber for the victory at the McNeese 6k Relays where they ran 20 minutes, 59 seconds for the win ... Recorded her best individual finish of the season at the LSU Invitational as she placed 14th with a time of 18:54.45 … Finished in 53rd place in the Rice Invitational with a time of 16:17.47 on the 4k course at the Rice Intramural Fields … Placed 84th at the Texas A&M Invitational and 85th at the Crimson Classic … Ended her season by finishing in 102nd place at the SEC Cross Country Championships where she ran 23:04.60 on the 6k course at Agri Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Competed in all regular season races as a true freshman for the Lady Tigers … Started her freshman season racing at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Festival clocking 20 minutes, 24.6 seconds for second place … Placed in the Top 10 at the LSU Invitational meet clocking 19:18.49 for a top-10 finish … Finished in the Top 60 at the Texas A&M Invitational with a time of 22:32.5 … Clocked a personal-best time of 18:44.08 at the Chile Pepper Festival for a top-150 finish … Finished her freshman season placing just outside of the Top 110 at the Crimson Classic with a time of 18:57.34.
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 minute, 1.76 seconds 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 … Plans to major in biology at LSU with a possible double major in art.