TENNERTON – One of the premiere track and field athletes in the state and a stand-out on the lacrosse field has made her decision to continue her athletic career at the next level.
Makenzi Lewellyn signed a letter of intent to attend West Virginia Wesleyan at a recent ceremony at the high school.
The two-sport athlete has decided to concentrate on lacrosse at the next level although she would not completely rule out a return to track and field at some point.
“I chose to focus on lacrosse because I simply enjoy it more,” remarked Lewellyn. “I enjoy the team aspect of it. Participating in track and field is still a possible option down the road though.”
Lewellyn was recruited by schools such as West Virginia University and Bethany College but felt staying closer to home and choosing Wesleyan was the best fit for her.
“It really means a lot to me that my family, friends and the community can come and watch me play,” stated Lewellyn. “Wesleyan is also a small school which I think suits me better and their academics are really good.”
Lewellyn said the interest that West Virginia Wesleyan lacrosse head coach Hannah Lively showed in her also played a part in her signing with Wesleyan.
“Coach Lively really encouraged me to come and she really showed that she wanted me to part of the team at Wesleyan,” said Lewellyn. “I really couldn’t turn down an offer like that. I considered other schools but after talking with Hannah I decided to attend Wesleyan.”
Lewellyn will have the opportunity to play right away as the Wesleyan lacrosse team is in a rebuilding mode led by Lively.
“It means a lot to me to have the opportunity to come in and play,” noted Lewellyn. “I am also excited by the chance to be able to come in and help the program rebuild.”
Last season, as an attacker/midfielder, she scored 13 goals and added an assist for the Lady Bucs.
Lewellyn was one of the rare athletes that lost two athletic seasons when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancelation of both track and field and lacrosse this past spring.
“It was disappointing to lose both seasons,” remarked Lewellyn. “When they canceled school initially in March, I still held out hope that somehow we would still be able to have our spring seasons. When they finally said the spring seasons were canceled it broke my heart.”
It’s easy to see why Lewellyn was disappointed as she would have been a key player on the lacrosse team as they were poised to make a strong run at a state championship this year and she was the states’ top returning performer in the pole vault where she finished fourth in the state championship meet last year.
“We were disappointed that we didn’t have our lacrosse season,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jamie Greene. “We felt we could have made a strong run at the state championship and Makenzi is a fantastic player and would have been a huge part of our success. She was one of leaders, she was going to be a team captain this year and I think she would have earned all-state honors.”
Greene said he has little doubt that Lewellyn will find athletic success at the next level.
“Every coach wants to see their players go to the next level and see what how they can produce and succeed at the collegiate level,” stated Greene. “Makenzi was a huge part of putting our team’s name out there throughout the state. I have no doubt she will step right in at Wesleyan and help that team. I am very proud of her.”
Lewellyn said that signing to playing college athletic helps take the sting out of losing her senior year just a little.
“It means a lot to me to be able to continue my career at the next level,” she concluded. “I missed out on my senior year but now I will have another chance to continue to play a sport I love. I know I have another four years now to play even though I only had three years in high school.”
Lewellyn said she plans to major in Exercise Science while at Wesleyan.