Hahnville native Semaj Lewis intends to stay “on track” at the next level.
Lewis, who originally committed to play football at Stephen F. Austin, had a change of heart and recently signed his letter of intent to attend the University of Louisiana-Monroe on a track and field scholarship.
“ULM is a great fit for me academically and athletically,” said Lewis, who also plans to play football with Louisiana-Monroe. “I look forward to competing against some of the best athletes in the nation and having fun while I compete.”
The younger brother of former Destrehan gridiron star and LSU Tiger Jai Eugene, Lewis attended De La Salle High School in New Orleans and made a major impact on both the track and football field. He secured state championship honors in the indoor state track championship by posting a time of 6.99 seconds. He qualified for four other events at state that year, including two relay events and the 100 and 200 meter dash.
This season, he was a key member of the Cavaliers 4×100 Class 3A state championship squad at the outdoor track and field championship meet, running the final leg in an event his team posted a winning time of 42.03. He finished second this season at the 2016 indoor championship 60 meters.
Lewis also has been offered the chance to become a Division I two-sport athlete. He is considering an offer to try out for a spot on the ULM football team. At De La Salle, Lewis was a standout at cornerback and safety who drew interest from a number of D-I schools, including Tulane, Texas A&M and Missouri. He intercepted three passes as a senior.