Rebel Pair Headed To NCAAs
June 9, 2009
LAS VEGAS - UNLV track and field student-athletes Lekeisha Lawson and Candise Maxwell will compete in the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which are being held at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark.
This will be the second straight national meet for Lawson, a senior from Victorville, Calif., who earned an at-large spot to this year's meet in the 200 meters with a time of 23.62, which is the 25th-fastest time in the nation. Lawson ran a leg on the 4x100 meter relay team that qualified for the national championships last year.
"I am thankful for the opportunity to compete against the best athletes in the country," Lawson said. "Hopefully we both will do very well.
Maxwell will be running at her first outdoor national meet, as the junior earned an automatic bid by finishing fifth in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA West Regional meet with a time of 13.48, which is also the 25th-fastest time in the field.
"It means a lot to make it this far, because I had high expectations coming into this season," Maxwell said. "I feel very pleased to be going to the NCAA Championships."
Both athletes will both hit the track on Thursday, with the first round of the 100-meter hurdles taking place at 2:30 p.m. (PT), followed by the 200 meters at 3:10 p.m. If Lawson advances to the semifinals, she will run again on Thursday at 4:35 p.m., while the semifinals in the 100-meter hurdles would be at 3:55 p.m. on Friday for Maxwell.
"This is what they have been working towards all year. They should be proud of themselves for making it this far but they still have work to do when we get to Fayetteville," UNLV head coach Yvonne Scott-Williams said. "I am happy to see our program get represented at the national level. Hopefully this is the start of great things to come for our program's future and we can eventually send greater numbers to the big show.