PR: 400m - 50.50 (2012)
Current Residence: Indianapolis, Ind.
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
High School: Lawrence North (ind.) '11
College: Illinois '15
Coach: Tonja Buford-Bailey
Two-time 2012 IAAF World Junior champion - 400m (50.50), 4x400m (3:30.01)
2012 NCAA Outdoor 400m champion (50.95)
Awards and Honors
2012 Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Championships
2012 Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Freshman of the Year
2012 Illinois Female Newcomer of the Year
Holds six Illinois school records
Spencer exploded on the national and international scene in 2012 as she became the first freshman to win the NCAA 400m title since Sanya Richards-Ross in 2003. While many expected her to be a strong contender for the U.S. Olympic team, Spencer and her coach decided to focus on the World Junior Championships, and she went on to win 400m gold in Barcelona to become only the third American to do so. Spencer was a 12-time individual state champion in high school and was named Ms. Track and Field of Indiana before enrolling at Illinois. Spencer comes from an athletic family, most notably, her uncle Steve Smith was the runner up at the 1999 USA Indoor Championships in the high jump.
2012: 1st at IAAAF World Juniors 400m (50.50) and 4x400m (3:30.01); 1st at USA Juniors 400m (51.68); 1st at NCAA Outdoors 400m (50.95); 1st at Big Ten Outdoors 200m (22.99), 400m (51.02), 4x400m (3:31.77) and 2nd in 4x100m (44.45); 3rd at NCAA Indoors 200m (23.34) and 4x400m (3:36.69); 1st at Big Ten Indoors 200m (23.24), 400m (53.49), 4x400m (3:34.89)
2011: 2nd at Indiana State Championships in 100mH (14.40), 300mH (42.11), 1st in 4x100m (47.02)
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests - 200m, 23.24 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 13 in the world); 400m, 53.45; Outdoor bests - 200m, 22.99; 400m, 50.50 (No. 4 in the USA by T&FN, No. 16 in the world)