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Saturday, June 11, 2016

KU seniors place at NCAAs

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— Kansas University senior discus throwers Daina Levy and Dasha Tsema put the finishing touches on a solid week for the Kansas track and field teams Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships inside Oregon’s Hayward Field. Levy turned in a 16th-place finish to earn second team All-America honors, while Tsema claimed 19th overall.

Levy, competing in the NCAA Championship for the second-straight year, got her afternoon out to a strong start after she posted an opening attempt mark of 51.67 meters (169’6”). That toss immediately moved her into the top-five of the early standings. Tsema followed moments later, heaving the discus out to 51.47 meters (168’10”) on her opening toss. Both Jayhawks sat among the top-six of the leaderboard after the first round.

Levy upped her standing with an improvement on her next trip into the ring. The senior tallied a throw of 52.21 meters (171’3”), her third-best mark of 2016, to elevate her overall standing going into the final round.

Levy’s effort was good for second team All-America honors. Tsema received honorable mention.

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