SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — As the high school outdoor track and field season gets closer to district, regional, and state meets, one of the top sprinters in the state and in Class 4 is Salem Spartans super sophomore Peyton Lewis. Peyton is making the track his place in his comeback after dealing with adversity to get back to where he wants to be.
“It is unreal to me. I started off in my freshmen season with a ankle sprain on my right. I cam in during my sophomore season and broke my left leg and I thought everything was over for my high school career. My mom told me to keep pushing you will get past this. Her I am today. making it a dream and making my dream come true,” said Lewis.
Back in March, Lewis overcame a lot to make his dreams come true. In the Class 4 indoor state track meet at Liberty University, Lewis won the 55 meter dash. on top of that he set a state record in the race. Lewis also credits his Salem Spartan teammates for helping him overcome the injuries to have a successful run. “It is great I love these guys, the give off good style. I love being with them. Travelling with them everywhere in the sport we love. It is unreal to me. Words can not describe how I feel,” said Lewis.
After winning the state title, Lewis ran in the indoor national meet finishing in the top 10 in the 55 meters.
In the outdoor season, he hasn’t missed a beat as he is one of the top sprinters in the area. Moving forward, Lewis got so strong advice from someone very close. “My dad always told me never to give up. I am always going to hope for the best. If you don’t. If you tell yourself you are going to lose, you are going to lose. That is how it is going to happen,” said Lewis.
The Region 4D meet is coming up next week with the Class 4 state track meet coming up June 2nd and 3rd at Liberty Univerity. You can bet Lewis will be a favorite to add more gold to his trophy case.