KINGSTON, Jamaica - Former South Plains College Lady Texan track star Jura Levy has extended her competitive summer season after her third place finish in the 100 meter dash at the Jamaican National Championships qualified her for the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
Levy's wind legal time of 11.10 seconds was good for the third and final spot and also qualifies her as a member of Jamaica's 4x100 meter relay pool. She finished behind multiple Olympic and World Championship gold medalist Veronica Campbell Brown (10.84) and Kerron Stewart (10.97). Levy edged out Olympic silver medalist Sherone Simpson.
South Plains College Associate head track and field coach Blaine Wiley was ecstatic for his young star.
"We are very proud of all that Jura has accomplished," said Wiley. "At only 20 years old she will have the opportunity to compete against the best athletes in the world, in the biggest track meet in the world. We could not have asked for or expected more."
Wiley added that Levy has been training and residing at South Plains College and only departed this week, a few days before competition began.
"To return home and post a top 20 time in the world and make arguably the toughest 100 meter team in the world is truly amazing."
One of the most accomplished Lady Texan athletes of all time, Levy won four combined individual NJCAA individual titles during the 2011 indoor and outdoor seasons in addition to being part of two relay titles. Levy began her Lady Texan career in style by sweeping the 100 and 200 meter dashes as well as helping the Lady Texan 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams to national titles at the 2010 NJCAA Outdoor championships.
Levy owns five Lady Texan individual school records and has been a member of four relay teams that can lay claim to being the fastest in the history of South Plains College.
Off the track, Wiley said Levy has represented the school very well.
"She has always been a model student-athlete and represents herself, her country, and South Plains College with dignity and grace."
The IAAF World Championships are scheduled to begin August 27 and will conclude September 4.