Harper advances to semifinals at U.S. Track and Field Championships.

News-DemocratJune 21, 2013 

East St. Louis High School graduate Dawn Harper won her preliminary heat to advance into the semifinals of the women's 100-meter hurdles on Friday at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Harper finished in 12.60 seconds to win her heat. That time ranked fourth-best out of the 16 runners who will advance to Saturday's semifinals.

NCAA champion Brianna Robbins ran the top time with a 12.33. Queen Harrison ranked second with a 12.44 and Lolo Jones was next at 12.50.

All but Jones' time were run in a wind stronger than 2 miles per hour, making them considered wind-aided.

Robbins owns the top time in the world for 2013 with a 12.39. A 12.60 run by Harper earlier this year in Doha, Qatar, ranked second before being bested by Jones on Friday.

Semifinals in the 100 hurdles are scheduled for 2:25 p.m. Saturday. The top four finishers in each of the two races advance to the final, scheduled for 5:52 p.m. Saturday.

Harper was the gold medalist in the 100 hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and took silver four years later at the London Games.

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