Heims breaks world record in discus

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Heims breaks world record in discus

Courtesy Photo/Jessica Heims

Courtesy Photo/Jessica Heims

Courtesy Photo/Jessica Heims

JACOB POTTER, Sports Writer

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Paralympic games medalist and UNI sophomore Jessica Heims broke the world record for the furthest discus throw under the F64 classification (lower limb prosthetic), launching the discus 105 feet 7 inches (32.19 meters).

Along with Heims’ accomplishment, UNI had 38 top-three finishes at the Musco Twilight meet in Iowa City on Saturday, April 13.

Putting the world record in perspective, Heims threw a 4.4-pound discus 35 yards.

Additionally, Heims notched the best time in the world this year for the 100-meter dash under the F64 classification at 15.30.

On the men’s side, Isaac Holtz posted an impressive distance of 188 feet 11 inches in the hammer throw. The throw moved Holtz into third place in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) rankings.

Connor Ham and Evan Long also moved up in the MVC rankings. Ham posted a time of 14.10 in the 110 hurdles, the fastest time in the MVC and a personal best by one hundredth of a second. Long finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.38, moving him up to the second spot in the MVC.

Additional winners included Katie Nimrod in the 400 hurdles (1:03.33), Lyndsie Schinkel in the 800-meter run (2:10.72), Alex Jackson in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:16.42) and McKayla Cole in the 3,000-meter run (10:08.30).

The purple and gold finished the meet strong by winning both 4×400-meter relays.  The women’s team posted a time of 3:52.58, while the men’s team notched a time of 3:13.22.

Up next, the Panthers will travel south to Columbia, Mo., home to the University of Missouri, to participate in the Tom Botts Invite from Friday to Saturday, April 19-20.

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