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UNLV To Run At MWC Outdoor Championships

May 10, 2005

LAS VEGAS - The UNLV women's track and field team will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., for the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which get underway Wednesday with the decathlon and heptathlon and concludes Saturday. Colorado State will host the meet at Jack Christiansen Field.

The Rebels will be sending 16 athletes to the conference championships, including several with top-10 times or marks in the MWC. Christine Spence and Teri Trautwein will be the first two athletes competing for UNLV as both are entered in the heptathlon.

Halima Decree is the top seed in the 100 with a season-best time in the MWC of 11.25 heading into the conference meet. That time is the fourth-fastest 100 meter time in the country this season. DeCree also has the second-fastest time in the league in the 200 with a 23.66. Both of DeCree's times in the 100 and 200 are NCAA West Regional qualifying times.

Two-time All-American Christine Spence has had a strong senior campaign and owns the second-best time in the 400-meter hurdles (57.30) and the second best mark in the high jump (5'-10.75") in the MWC. She also has ran the fourth-fastest time in the 100 meter hurdles (13.68) and will compete in the heptathlon as well at the championships. Spence's time in the 400-meter hurdles is the eighth-fastest time in the country.

Michele Suszek has also met a regional qualifying standard, clocking a 10:49.52 in the steeplechase at the Long Beach Relays this season, which is the sixth-fastest time in the MWC. Miesha McClendon's time of 13.84 in the 100 meter hurdles is the fifth-best time in the league and a regional qualifying mark, giving the Rebels four regional qualifiers.

UNLV's 4x100 relay team has posted a regional qualifying time of 45.68, which is the top time in the MWC. The 4x400 relay team has ran the second-fastest time in the league at 3:43.66.

Two other UNLV athletes have posted top-10 times in the MWC in events heading into the championships. Brittney Bullocks has the fifth-fastest time in the 200 meters (24.50) and the ninth-fastest time in the 400 meters (55.62) and Deanna Appuglise posted a career-best time of 55.41 in the Cal-Nevada Championships earlier this year, the sixth-fastest time in the conference.



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