Levy Earns Big 12 Athlete of the Week Honor

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior thrower Daina Levy was named the Big 12’s athlete of the week after a season-best mark and victory in the hammer throw at the Rock Chalk Classic last week. It was the second Big 12 weekly honor of Levy’s season after she also earned the award during the indoor season earlier this year.
Levy was once again one of the Jayhawks’ top performers over the weekend, claiming her second hammer throw win of the 2016 season at the Rock Chalk Classic. The Jamaican national record holder in the event found her form in the fifth round after Kansas State’s Sara Savatovic displaced her atop the overall leaderboard. Levy regained the lead, rewrote the facility record and jumped up the national rankings all with one attempt when she unwound for a season-best mark of 68.35 meters (224’3″). The throw, which topped the Rock Chalk Park facility record previously held by Savatovic, earned Levy the victory by over 11 feet.
Levy’s mark was the second-farthest of her career and ranks third on KU’s all-time hammer throw list. The performance also moved the senior to No. 2 in the NCAA rankings this season, as well as inside the top-30 of the latest world ranks.
Levy and several of her Jayhawk teammates will have their final tune-up before the Big 12 Championships next weekend when they head to Manhattan, Kansas for the Ward Haylett Invitational Saturday. The first field events will begin at 10 a.m.
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