As a two-sport athlete--captain of the basketball team, and All-SPC in lacrosse --Trey Lewis ’16 was all set for his senior year of sports at St. John’s. Hoops and lax complimented each other and used his natural quickness, change of direction ability, and hand-eye coordination. A leader for both programs, Trey excelled at guard and midfield. The fall season was typically his off-season when he prepared for basketball. When his friend Paul Labanowski ’16 asked him to try volleyball this fall, Trey joined the Varsity, adding a third sport. His athleticism eventually landed him a starting spot as a right side hitter for the Mavericks. Jumping for blocks and kills was natural for Trey. He was used to leaping for open shots and rebounds in basketball and intercepting passes and getting his hands free in lacrosse with a spring in his step. Why not in volleyball too?
“I love the competition from sport to sport,” said Trey. “Every sport is a little different. I love competing with my teammates, and I have great coaches all around me to help me succeed.”
After teaming up with Maverick Volleyball to make a run at SPC, Trey went back to his routine of basketball in the winter seguing into lacrosse in the spring. In Trey’s junior year, Head Track & Field Coach Richie Mercado ’79 had seen Trey dunk a basketball. In search of a high jumper, he quickly followed up with an invitation for Trey to audition for the role. The event would not interfere with his responsibilities in lacrosse. Unfortunately for both Trey and the track and field team, an injury prohibited him from jumping last spring. The 2015 Boys’ Track and Field team finished runner-up.
This spring, Mercado came calling once more. The 2016 Boys’ Track and Field still lacked a high jumper. All Trey would have to do is jump once in the Maverick Relays in March to qualify for SPC in late April. If he could jump onto the volleyball court, rebound in basketball, and play midfield in lacrosse, why not add a fourth sport to his trifecta? Trey agreed, and after lacrosse practice on March 4th, Trey jogged over to the high jump station at the Maverick Relays and nailed 6’ 2” to not only qualify for SPC but also win the meet.
As lacrosse season unfolded, Trey helped lead the Mavericks to a playoff birth after a 1-11 start. He focused on his responsibilities as captain alongside Charles Dorfman ’16 until the season ended on April 26th, three days before Track and Field headed to Dallas to compete in the SPC championships.
“Trey was a triple threat in lacrosse,” said Head Lacrosse Coach Sam Chambers ’77. “He was not only the point guard for the team, he could score and play tenacious defense.”
Trey barely had time to exchange his lacrosse jerseys for a track and field uniform before the buses pulled out of H-Town for Big D. After arriving at St. Mark’s, the site of the track and field competitions, serious weather swirled around Dallas. The heats of running events were shortened to qualify by time instead of through placements. As a result, there were not many second chances to tally points.
The high jump competition took place on Saturday morning. While several competitors started out at 5’ 6”, Trey opted to pass until 6’ 2”. He had waited eight weeks since his last competitive high jump, and he was going for quality not quantity. From a field of 24 jumpers, after the bar was raised to 6’ 2”, only three competitors were left: Trey, Antonio Lapeyrolerie of Greenhill, and Clay Morris of St. Mark’s. Trey easily glided over the bar, while Lapeyrolerie and Morris missed their first attempts before clearing it on their second tries. At 6’ 3” Lewis once again cleared his first jump. Lapeyrolerie made his first as well, but Morris would need two jumps to stay in the hunt. Trey cleared 6’ 4” on his first try, while his competitors missed again on their first runs, but cleared on their second tries. The jumpers were pushing each other to new heights. Lewis cleared 6’ 5” and Lapeyrolerie matched him on his first jump. Morris would need two more attempts to get to the next round at 6’ 6”. At this point, if all three competitors missed, Lewis would finish first by having no failed attempts. Once again, Lewis did his pre-jump routine and took the same approach, clearing the bar while grazing it. Greenhill and St. Mark’s could not match it. Trey was SPC champion, but he was not done. He cleared 6’ 7” without a miss and decided to go for the SPC meet record of 6’ 9. 25. He missed that mark, but he went out as he had done so many times before, looking for another challenge in athletics.
“It felt amazing and surreal to get over the last height at six foot seven,” said Trey. “I’m so glad I got the opportunity to do this.”
Trey’s win in the high jump gave the Mavericks 10 points. When the final relays were over, St. John’s Boys won the 2016 SPC Track and Field Championship over St. Mark’s by score of 128-124. Trey graduates in May, and he is ready to play basketball and jump for track and field at the next level. And with his skills and drive, there may be more team uniforms in his future as well.
Sam Chambers- Athletic News