Lawrence 10th in world in 3,000-meter steeplechase |

Lawrence 10th in world in 3,000-meter steeplechase

Reno High School senior Mel Lawrence continues to pile up running feats.

Lawrence, the two-time defending Nevada 4A girls’ state cross country champion, recorded a top-10 finish in the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships earlier this month in Beijing.

Lawrence, 16, placed 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10 minutes, 17.84 seconds on Aug. 17. She was the second youngest in the 12-runner finals.

Amy Fowler was the top American, finishing eighth in 10:13.58, while Kenyan Tuingong Caroline Chepkurui set a course record with her winning time of 9:40.95.

Romania’s Bobocel Ancuta was runner-up at 9:46.19, and temporary record holder Tadese Mekdes Bekele was third at 9:48.67. Bekele’s time of 9:46.67 in a qualifying heat remained a course record until Chepkurui’s winning effort in the finals.

Lawrence qualified for the 12-runner finals by placing sixth in her 18-competitor heat at 10:22.85.

Two-time defending state team champion South Tahoe will compete against Lawrence and her Reno teammates on Sept. 20 in Carson City.

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