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Levine Concludes Outstanding Season at Nationals

Mike Levine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mike Levine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Junior Discus Ace Takes 22nd in NCAA

DES MOINES, Iowa – Junior Mike Levine's remarkable season came to an end Wednesday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Final Championships, hosted by Drake University. Levine finished 22nd in the discus throw, with only six spots and 3.07m separating him from All-American status.

Levine was unfortunate to foul on two of his three attempts, and his one good throw of 51.71m (169'8") was not quite enough to send him through to the finals. The event was won by Nebraska's Chad Wright (62.79m – 206'0").

Though it was not his best outing, Levine has much to be proud of for the long road he took to Des Moines. An IC4A qualifier in the discus, hammer and weight throws this year, he won the latter event twice during the indoor season and twice placed second. He also set a new PR in the hammer throw (58.71m – 192'7"), took third at Heps and qualified for NCAA Regionals in that event for the first time in his career.

But it was in the discus throw that he was truly dominant, winning the Ivy League title for a second consecutive year. Aside from notching victories in the event at three other meets, he also earned All-East accolades and threw a season best of 53.93m (175'11") at Regionals to qualify for Nationals. Levine's PR in the discus (54.41m – 178'6"), which he threw as a freshman, is the second-best in school history.

The NCAA Championships continue through Saturday, but with Levine's last throw comes the official conclusion to the Bulldogs' 2012 season.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity