Spence Hurdles Way Into Semifinals

June 21, 2013

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.