Des Moines, Iowa • Cameron Levins knew he'd need a kick in the final stretch to achieve success in Friday's 5,000-meter final at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The race came down to the final 100 meters as Levins became the first to win the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races in the NCAA meet since 2000. Levins had already made history for SUU by winning Wednesday at Drake University.
"I can't believe it," Levins said on winning his second NCAA title in three days. "It was a tough, tough race."
Levins, who expects to run for Canada in the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics, pulled away from eventual second-place finisher Paul Chelimo of UNC-Greensboro.
"I was just aiming to sprint, basically," Levins said. "I was waiting for someone to make a move on me. I didn't quite do it at 200, and then Paul Chelimo came up on me and I'm like, 'OK, I have to go', you know, he's going to get by me and have the advantage entering the final 100 meters, so I just held him off and gave whatever I could on the final 100 meters."
It was a disappointing day for Weber State's Amber Henry, who finished 11th, and earned Second Team All-America status in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Henry, a junior from Mountain View, caught her foot on one of the four barriers midway through the race and fell and dislocated her elbow. She used her jersey as a sling, then popped the elbow back in place and finished.
Henry, who has already dealt with a broken clavicle, torn meniscus and bruised femur, ran 20 seconds slower than her semifinal time, which would have been good enough for sixth Friday.
"Everybody thought she had broken her arm," said WSU assistant track and field coach, Paul Pilkington. "Everyone kind of gasped when she got it back in place, then cheered her on. What a unbelievably tough competitor."
Utah's Brianna LeRoy placed 22nd in the women's high jump with a leap of 5 feet 8 Â¾ inches. She needed a jump of at least 6 feet to break into the top eight.