Junior Now Turns Eyes Toward Nationals
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Junior Mike Levine placed 39th in the hammer throw at the East Preliminary Round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of North Florida. He was the only Eli in action on the meet's second day of competition.
Levine fouled on each of his two opening tries, but recovered on his final attempt to throw for a distance of 55.23m (181'2"). He finished seventh in his flight of 16, but only the overall top 16 throwers advanced out of the first round. Levine's personal record in the hammer throw of 58.71m (192'7"), which he achieved earlier this year at the Yale Springtime Invitational, is the second-best in Yale history. He threw the hammer over 55 meters four times this season, including a third-place effort at Heps.
Due to his season-best performance in yesterday's discus throw, Levine's junior season is not over yet. He qualified for the national semifinals in that event, to be held in two weeks' time at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity