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Lewis sisters qualify for All-States but only one will compete

Posted by Justin Rice  February 15, 2013 11:16 AM

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O’Bryant freshman Juleen Lewis (above) and her older sister Elizabeth Lewis qualified for this Saturday's All-States meet but only the elder Lewis will compete. The Lewis' are Seventh-day Adventist and usually don't compete on Saturdays. But because Elizabeth is 18 she can make her own decision. (Billy Owens / For the Boston Globe)

O’Bryant freshman Juleen Lewis and her older sister Elizabeth both qualified for this Saturday's All-State indoor track meet but only the elder Lewis will compete.

The Lewis', who are Seventh-day Adventists, usually don't compete on Saturday because they recognize it as the Sabbath.

But the elder Lewis, who is a member of the West Roxbury 4x200-meter relay team, said she was free to make her own decision because she is 18-years-old.

The entire West Roxbury relay team would have to bow out if she decided not to run.

"[It was hard] because I know my mom really doesn’t want me to do it," the elder Lewis said. "I know it’s the first time the team has made it to All-States as a group so I really didn’t want to let them down and my coach is really excited about it and I know she would really love for us to run.

"But it’s also my decision. I want them to experience it and it’s my senior year and I want to experience it."

She said her sister, a freshman at O'Bryant, will not compete.

"I’m sure she’s fine with it because it’s not the first time," the elder Lewis said of her sister. "I feel like it’s my last year to go. I do have outdoor but it’s the first time doing it indoor."

The younger Lewis finished fourth in the long jump at the Division 3 state meet on Thursday with a leap of 17-feet flat. She also qualified for All-States in the 55-meter-dash with a time of 7.56 seconds.

The younger Lewis is the No. 10-seed in the long jump at All-States and the No. 21-seed in the 55-meter dash.

West Roxbury's 4x200 team qualified for All-States by clocking a time of 1:50.89 to finish in third place at the Division 4 meet this weekend.

O’Braynt coach Jose Ortega said the younger Lewis was motivated to do well in the long jump at the state meet after a disappointing seventh-place finish in the 55-meter dash.

“She was a little bit nervous and she didn’t perform the way she wanted to perform,” Ortega said of the 55-meter dash. “She took it out in the long jump and she did well in the long jump. She’ still learning. She looked lost out there but she gets better and better in her drills. She gets better and her training gets better.

“She can jump an 18 footer, it’s just a matter of getting her in that mode again.”

Ortega said more meets are held on Saturday’s during the spring season.

“She’ll do great outdoors, the only problem once again is can she can’t compete on those weekend meets,” he said of Lewis. “All those weekend meets are on Saturday. She can compete at sundown but in the spring sundown is much later and all the meets are over by then.”

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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