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Spence Hurdles Way Into Semifinals

Rebel alumna Christine Spence advanced to Saturday's 400m hurdles semifinals after finishing eighth in Friday's first round.

Rebel alumna Christine Spence advanced to Saturday's 400m hurdles semifinals after finishing eighth in Friday's first round.

June 21, 2013

2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships:
Schedule // Start Lists // 100m Semifinals Results // 400m Hurdles First Round Results

DES MOINES, Iowa (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV alumna Christine Spence (2001-05) ran her way into the 400m hurdles semifinals with her eighth-place showing in the first round of the event on Friday at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Spence, who finished third in her heat, legged out a time of 56.48 to automatically advance in the meet contested at historic Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University.

Spence will run in Saturday's semis at 4:03 pm CT (2:03 PT), but before that another entrant in the national championship with UNLV ties will compete. Amanda Bingson, a 2012 Olympian and two-time USTFCCCA Outdoor All-American, will participate in the hammer throw at 3:30 pm CT (1:30 pm PT). Bingson (2009-12) is seeded third overall in the hammer with a 239-4 (72.95m) mark.

Unfortunately, a second Rebel alumna saw her stay in Iowa come to a close on Friday. Lekeisha Lawson (2006-09) ran in the 100m semifinals and finished 14th overall with a time of 11.17. Lawson had advanced to the semis after clocking an 11.48, which was good enough for 11th in the event. Emily Blok, a 2013 graduate of UNLV, also ran in the 100m first round, but placed 29th (12.04).

A year ago at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials - which doubled as the 2012 USA Outdoor Championships - Bingson, Spence and Lawson had strong showings at the meet held in Eugene, Ore. Bingson finished as the runner-up in the hammer, while Spence was seventh in the 400m hurdles and Lawson was 13th in the 100m.

 

 

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