Event: 400m hurdles
PR: 400mH - 54.21 (2008)
Current Residence: Panorama City, Calif.
Hometown: Lee's Summit, Mo.
High School: Lee's Summit North HS '01
College: UNLV '05
Third at 2013 USA Outdoors (54.56)
Competed at NCAA Outdoors in three events: high jump, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay
Spence is an all-around athlete who has notched top-ten finishes at USA Outdoors in both the 400m hurdles and high jump. While competing for the UNLV Rebels, Spence competed in everything from the 200m, high jump, 400m hurdles to the heptathlon. In her first two years as a post-collegiate, Spence focused on the high jump, before making the switch to the 400m hurdles in 2008. Spence’s move paid off in 2013 as she made her first international team.
2013: 4th at Linz (57.49); 8th in semifinal heat at World Outdoors (58.35); 3rd at USA Outdoors (54.56); 5th at Mt. SAC (57.48)
2012: 7th at Olympic Trials (55.72); 1st at OXY Invite (56.93)
2011: 6th at USA Outdoors (55.99); 7th at Oslo (56.12); 2nd at Ponce (55.90); 1st at Mt. SAC (56.85)
2010: 1st in semifinal of USA Outdoors (57.13); 6th at Osaka (56.76); 5th at Drake Relays (57.50); 4th at Mt. SAC (57.88)
2009: 8th in semifinal of USA Outdoors (1:02.50); 4th at Reebok GP (57.45); 3rd at Ponce (56.21); 3rd at Drake Relays (57.26)
2008: 7th at Stuggart (58.15); 4th at Gateshead (57.23); 6th at London (56.28); 7th at Rome (56.65); 5th at Olympic Trials (55.74); 4th at Ostrava (55.88); 2nd at Dakar (56.43)
2007: 7th at USA Outdoors high jump (1.80m/5-10.75); 10th at Drake Relays high jump (1.77m/5-9.); 8th at USA Indoors high jump (1.75m/5-8.75)
2006: 5th at USA Outdoors high jump (1.83m/6-0); 3rd at Boston Indoor Games high jump (1.82m/5-11.5)
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2013: Outdoor Bests - 400m Hurdles, 54.56 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 13 in the World, No. 5 in USA by T&FN)