What Lewis Morant accomplished in his junior season was remarkable.
That he matched the feats in his senior season was even more impressive.
The Carvers Bay sprinter repeated as champ in the 100 and 200 meters and was a member of the Bears’ state champion 400-meter relay team at the Class A meet for the second straight year en route to repeating as the Toast of the Coast Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
“It feels pretty good going out my senior year knowing I accomplished all of my track goals,” Morant said.
He was even more dominant in 2014.
Morant, who transferred to Carvers Bay from a private school in Connecticut prior to his junior year, went undefeated in the 100 meters in his two seasons with the Bears. He also lowered his times in winning the 100 (from 10.85 to 10.73) and 200 (22.37 to 21.60) as the Bears finished runner-up a year after winning the team title.
“In several big meets with AAA and AAAA schools he wasn’t always the No. 1 seed going in. A lot of times he’d qualify for finals in Lane 4 and pull through and win, “ Carvers Bay coach Bill Peterman said. “To be from Carvers Bay, a small school, and go out like that says a lot about him.”
Morant said he expected tougher competition as he began his quest to repeat in all three events.
“It was pretty hard knowing the competition I was facing from last year and knowing there was better competition this year that I was hearing about, “ he said.
He handled the pressure just fine, Peterman said.
“We kind of just made a point that it would be tough to repeat, “ Peterman said. “When you win everyone wants to beat you because you’re on top. It’s hard to get there, but when you get there it’s harder to stay there.”
Especially in one of track’s premier events, the 100 meters, one that leaves little room for error.
“That’s the prime-time dash. Everybody wants to run the 100, “ Peterman said. “You’re facing other schools’ best athletes. It’s tough to do. The smallest thing could happen: a false start, off day or you’re not feeling well. To be able to pull that off is really special. Sometimes he’d have a good start and sometimes he’d have a bad start and have to run people down. When it’s time to perform, he’s ready to go.”
Morant has been accepted into Coastal Carolina University, and he said he’s talking with Chanticleers coach Jeff Jacobs about potentially running for the school, whether it be as a scholarship athlete or walk-on.
Either way, one thing’s for sure: He won’t back down from an even bigger stage.
“He’s the kind of kid who rose to the occasion every time, “ Peterman said. “... He’s just one of those kids, a finals kind of guy.”
Contact DAVID WETZEL at 626-0295.