DHS seniors Beaunca Lewis (sitting left) and Maiya Miles (sitting right) sign their letters of intent to continue their track careers collegiately.

DHS seniors Maiya Miles and Beaunca Lewis signed letters of intent to continue in the fast lane and run track collegiately. Miles, who signed with Southern University in Baton Rouge, and Lewis, who signed with Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, were both instrumental in the DHS girls’ track and field 3A State Championship win earlier this month.

First-year head coach Jimmy Joseph said when he came to the program, he saw the potential in both Miles and Lewis.

“We just had to put it in order and give them some perspective, they had a lot of play in them,” Joseph said. “They really became mature at the end of the season and did what they had to do.”

Miles competed in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints for the Tigers and she earned many accolades during the season, including being named district 7-3A MVP in April. At the district meet she won the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.54 and the 200-meter with a time of 26.29.

Tarleshia Miles, a DHS coach and Maiya Miles’ mother, said as a coach she always told Maiya Miles to keep on pushing regardless of the time she ran because they are not all going to be fast. As Maiya’s mother, Tarleshia Miles said she’s excited for her daughter.

“As a college player myself, I played at LSU and Louisiana Tech in basketball, I wanted to say the same about my child as she gets a degree to further her education,” Tarleshia Miles said.

At the state meet, Maiya Miles ran a personal best time of 12.16 in the 100-meter dash that was good enough for a third place finish. Miles started the season with a nagging hamstring injury that forced to therapy twice a week for over a month. Once she got through that she had a need for speed.

Miles said she chose to sign with Southern because the coach showed interest in her and she just wanted to give it a try and join the Jaguar team. As far as her senior year of high school, she said it turned out good despite the hard workouts.

“Coach Jimmy pushed us a lot,” Miles said, “but we ended up doing what we had to do and we won a state championship.”

For Lewis, she had a different problem in the beginning of the season; she was good at everything. Joseph said having an athlete like that was “great.”

“She’s a person that could do a little bit of everything, but she knew how to compete which was the most important thing,” Joseph said. “So, whatever I put her in she was going to do her best and overall it was going to be good.”

Lewis said she chose to sign with Nicholls because she has family there and when she visited the campus it felt like family as well. Lewis competed in several events for the Tigers, but she found her niche in the 300-meter hurdles. At the state meet she finished fourth with a time of 47.50. Joseph commends Lewis’ work ethic and said she’s a strong girl. Lewis said it’s something she learned as a child.

“It’s really passed down in my family,” Lewis said. “I was taught at an early age to work hard. That’s just something my family installed in me from when I was a baby.”

Joseph added, “The time I had, they did everything I asked them to do and the outcome was a state championship, but more importantly four girls are going to college.”

Tarleshia Miles added, “I’m just proud of both of the girls and all the athletes who have signed from Donaldsonville. I wish them all the luck.”