Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Jura Levy, the 2013 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Indoor sprint champion, will miss the National Athletics Championships for a second straight year due to injury.
Levy, 22, who ran a personal best indoor over the 60 metres this season, suffered a hamstring injury at a meet at Texas Tech earlier this year and has been recovering ever since.
I pulled my hamstring on April 6 and was unable to walk or do any workout for the month of April ... . I needed at least six weeks to get healthy and after those six weeks I was able to start rehab because I could walk freely and with no pain. I am still in rehab and hoping that I will be healthy come 2014, she said.
Levy, who won silver at the 2011 IAAF World Athletic Championships in Daegu, South Korea, as a member of the sprint relay squad, said she recently decided to call it a season.
I made the decision two weeks ago when I had a sit-down with my doctor, trainer and coaches and they all thought that it would be best if I call it a year since I havent competed or able to finish a workout. I am in no shape to race, and if I should come to trials and run it would only put me at risk of getting hurt all over again.
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SEASON
The former Vere Technical and South Plains Junior College standout was looking forward to a stellar outdoor season having successfully defended her indoor sprint titles and ran a personal best 7.24s over the 60m. Even more important, she was looking forward to competing at the national championships for June 20-23 with the intention of making the squad to Moscow in August.
Its hard for me not being able to race against some of the best but its something I have to do, Levy, who missed last years trials with a bruised knee bone, said.