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Ashley Spencer

Ashley Spencer

Event: 400m
Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 127
PR: 400m - 50.28 (2013)
Born: 06/08/1993
Current Residence: Indianapolis, Ind.
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
High School: Lawrence North (ind.) '11
College: Illinois '15
Coach: Tonja Buford-Bailey
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National Championships
Bronze medalist at 2013 USA Outdoors 400m (50.58)

International Championships
Two-time 2012 IAAF World Junior champion - 400m (50.50), 4x400m (3:30.01)
2013 World Outdoor 4x400m silver medalist (3:20.41)

Collegiate Championships
Two-time NCAA Outdoor 400m champion - 2012 (50.95); 2013 (50.28)

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

About Ashley
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. In 2013 Spencer earned her first trip to the World Outdoor Championships thanks to a third place finish at the USA Outdoor Championships. The trip earned her a silver in the 4x400m relay. 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.
Results:
2014:
4th at Big 12 Indoors (23.66); 1st at Big 12 Indoors (51.54); 2nd at NCAA Indoors (51.71); 2nd at NCAA Indoors 4x400m (3:27.42); 4th at Penn Relays 4x100m (43.95); 2nd at Penn Relays 4x200m (1:30.26); 1st at Penn Relays 4x400m (3:25.05); 6th at Big 12 Outdoors (11.40w); 5th at Big 12 Outdoors (23.07w); 1st at Big 12 Outdoors 4x100m (43.54); DNF in heat at NCAA Outdoors
2013: 2nd at World Outdoors 4x400m (3:20.41), 5th in 400m semifinal heat (51.80); 3rd at USA Outdoors (50.58); 1st at NCAA Outdoors (50.28), 5th in 4x400m (3:29.28); 1st at Big Ten Outdoors 200m (23.20), 400m (52.27), 4x400m (3:36.18), 2nd in 4x100m (45.58); 1st at Drake Relays 4x100m (44.28), 4x400m (3:32.40)
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
2014:
 Indoor bests - 60m (7.46); 200m (23.73); 400m (51.71); 4x400m (3:27.42); Outdoor Bests - 100m (11.34, 11.27w); 200m (22.92, 22.69w); 400m (51.38); 400mH (59.78); 4x100m (43.54); 4x200m (1:30.26); 4x400m (3:25.05)
2013: Indoor bests - 200m, 23.42 (No. 12 in the USA); 400m, 51.27 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 4 in the World); Outdoor bests -  200m, 23.04 (No. 23 in the USA); 400m, 50.28 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 10 in the World, No. 4 in USA by T&FN); 400m Hurdles, 56.32 (No. 15 in the USA)
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)
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