Saturday, March 12, 2016

Former Peninsula District, Hampton University track star Yvette Lewis to compete for Panama in the Olympics

HAMPTON, Virginia – Yvette Lewis turns 31 on Wednesday and says she's ready to retire. That makes sense when you consider her profe
ssion is track and field, and that she's sprinted, jumped and hurdled since her early teens like few other women in state history.

"I'm tired," she said. "It's time to let my body rest and do what I'm going to do for a career."

Before she does, she'll compete for one more summer, finishing with a flourish in the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. Lewis, a former star at Denbigh and Menchville high schools and Hampton University, will compete in the 100-meter hurdles for Panama.

Lewis, who missed twice by a whisker of competing for the United States in World Championships, hurdled for Panama in the worlds held in Beijing, China this past summer. She was eligible then and now to race for Panama because her mother, Lorna, is Panamanian and because ...


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