Nov. 30, 2010
QUEENS, N.Y. - Former St. John’s track & field athlete and assistant coach Neni Lewis (’82), formerly Neni Davis, has been named the 2010 Masters Athlete of the Year by USA Track & Field’s Masters Committee. Lewis will be honored on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Va.
“I’m very honored to be named the USA Track & Field Masters Athlete of the Year,” Lewis said. “I want to congratulate the other nominees for this award on their outstanding performances this season. I’m honored to join the impressive list of previous winners of this award.”
Lewis, a current resident of Oakland Gardens, N.Y., set two new world records and two new U.S. records at the 2010 USA Masters Throws Championships. Lewis set a new world record with 4,800 points in the throws pentathlon, and a new world record in the 16-pound weight throw of 18.10 meters. She also set new U.S. records in the 25-pound superweight throw with 12.98 meters, and in the ultra-weight pentathlon with 5,872 points.
“It’s very exciting for our program,” Red Storm head coach Jim Hurt said. “Neni was both a great athlete and coach at St. John’s and her high level of performance on the national level to this day is remarkable. We take great pride in Neni's accomplishments and have great admiration and respect for her continued dedication to her craft.”
Graduating from St. John’s in 1982, Lewis still holds the indoor and outdoor school records for the shot put. She was an AIAW All-American in 1982 and represented the United States at the World University games in Bucharest, Romania, that same year. Lewis was an assistant track & field coach for St. John’s for two years starting in 1983.