Chasing kids around takes on a whole new meaning in the Lewis household, just ask Fred and Candace Lewis of Melissa. Speed appears to be a genetic trait amongst the Lewis children as Karrington, Kennedy and Kaylee have made their speed known on the track and have all earned berths to the Texas State Games.

All three Lewis siblings have qualified in multiple events for the State Games with top finishes at the regional meet in Rockwall, which was held July 11-13. The State Games will be held in Corpus Christi July 25-28 and will feature one fast Melissa family on the starting blocks as the Lewis siblings managed three first place finishes, three second place finishes, two third place finishes and a sixth place finish in nine events at the regional meet. All those finishes were good enough to qualify them in each of those events at the state meet.

Karrington, the oldest, will be a freshman at Melissa High School when students return to school next month. She took gold as part of the 4x100 relay team that broke the regional record (running a 56.9 split time), finished second in the 4x400 relay and took sixth overall in the 200-meter dash.

Kennedy will be a seventh grader at Melissa Middle School. He was part of the winning 4x4 relay team that captured gold, took silver in the 200m and bronze in the 400-meter dash.

Little sister Kaylee, a fifth grader at Melissa Intermediate School, notched a 1-2-3 finish with gold in the 4x4 relay, silver in the 100-meter dash and bronze in the 200m dash.

Only the top six athletes in each event qualified for the State Games.

The Lewis children (editor’s note: can we call them a track team at this point?) also qualified for the Junior Olympics again this year but will not be competing as the event is being held in Detroit, Mich.

Congratulations to one fast Melissa family, and best of luck at state.