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THE WINNER: Jalynn Roberts-Lewis
School: Roosevelt (Des Moines, Iowa)
Event: Jumps and sprints
Athletic achievement: She won three individual state titles and contributed to a relay championship this spring, leading the Roughriders to a ninth-place finish as a team at the Class 4A state meet. Roberts-Lewis won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.09 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 24.45 and the long jump with a leap of 19-feet, two inches in addition to anchoring a 4×100-meter relay quartet that broke the tape in 48 seconds. A two-time First Team All-State selection, she was a dual-event winner at the Drake Relays, capturing the 100 in 12.14 and the long jump by soaring 19 feet.
Academic excellence: Roberts-Lewis has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf the Ronald McDonald House Charities, as a bible study group leader, an elementary school tutor and as a youth track & field and volleyball coach.
“Jalynn Roberts-Lewis is the most humble athlete I have ever coached,” said Roosevelt head coach Brianne Burns. “She always encourages her teammates to work hard and pushes them to higher limits. She strives to be the best and dedicates many hours to her training. She is an outstanding all-around athlete and will be very successful in conquering her life goals throughout her track journey.”
THE FUTURE: Roberts-Lewis has signed with Illinois State.