IOWA CITY (KWWL) – UNI sophomore Jessica Heims is a world record holder. Heims broke the para-athlete F64 classification discus world record with a throw of 105 feet, 7 inches as Iowa’s MUSCO Twilight Meet on Saturday.
The F64 classification is defined by an impairment below the knee.
Heims, who finished in the top 10 in both the discus and 200 meters at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, said she wasn’t immediately aware she had broken the record.
“I didn’t know it until they called it. I knew that it was a fairly decent distance, but it was exciting when they called it,” said the Swisher native, “and coach reminded me like ‘Hey that’s a good mark. That’s a record mark,’ It was exciting.”
“It means something in history for us as well as for her,” said UNI assistant and throws coach Dan O’Mara, “That is a world record and she’s going to break it a couple more times hopefully this year.”