UNI track and field athlete Jessica Heims opened her season for Team USA at the Para Athletics Grand Prix in Grosseto, Italy, last weekend and will return home with a trio of gold medals.
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The sophomore at UNI announced her presence on the national stage earlier this year when she set the f64 world record in the discus at the Musco Twilight in Iowa City then broke her own record a few weeks later at the Wisconsin Alumni Meet.
In her first meet in the red, white and blue this year, she continued where she finished her collegiate season. She took gold in the discus, 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.
In the discus, she hit her best throw of 34.18m on her first toss. She won the combined event by over two meters over the second-place thrower from Ireland.
In the 100-meter dash, Heims cut nearly 2/10ths of a second off of her career-best time that she ran at Wisconsin. She finished first with a time of 14.65 to earn the win.
She closed out the week with a season-best time in the 200-meter dash of 30.04 to pick up her third gold. She took first by over two seconds.
Heims’ season will also include the Parapan American Games in August in Lima, Peru, and the Para Athletics World Championship in Dubai in November.