Pikesville senior Daniel Lewis won the Class 1A 110-meter hurdles and set a school record at the state track and field championships on Saturday at Morgan State.
He completed the 110 hurdles in 15.25 seconds, breaking his personal record and the school record of 15:38.
“All the instruction I gave him is ‘You are the top seed. Go out there and run your race, and you’re going to win,’” Pikesville head coach Adam Hittner said. “That’s exactly what he did. He happened to run not just his race, but his best race.”
Lewis, who will attend UMBC in the fall and plans to become a lawyer, continued his recent dominance. He had previously won the state title in the 55-meter hurdles during the winter, doing so for the second consecutive year.
Lewis said winning the state title on Saturday was more rewarding than winning indoors. After coming in second in the outdoor meet a year ago, he was even more motivated to win the race this year.
He said one of the challenges of racing at the state championship is that he hadn’t previously raced against his opponents. He knows their names and that they’re talented, but doesn’t get to see them before he’s blazing by them.
“To actually beat them when you’ve never seen them before and you’ve never had any prior experience against them is really good,” Lewis said.
Hittner said Lewis’ attention to detail and diligence separates him from other hurdlers. His long legs help, but it’s his preparation that distinguishes him from the pack.
Lewis, who will graduate on Thursday, has claimed three state championships in the hurdles and six overall. Hittner said Lewis used to get nervous hurdling when he started as a sophomore. Even last year, he got somewhat anxious before the race.
But on Saturday it became even clearer those nerves have subsided.
“His junior and senior year he’s been one of the best in the metro area, in the state,” Hittner said. “What we’ve been talking about for weeks is running a clean race. That’s one of his strengths.”
And on the state’s biggest stage, Lewis’ race was spotless. He burst out in front and never looked back, zooming past the finish line as the competition lagged behind.