Freshman Ashley Spencer highlights first season as an Illini
Spencer won Illinois' first-ever NCAA title in 400m
Coleman just misses second-team All-America honors in 100m hurdles
Spencer records second fastest qualifying time
National meet runs from Wednesday-Saturday
Outdoor: Won the Big Ten championship in the 400m hurdles, setting a career-best time of 57.12 which ranks eighth best in school history ... Helped notch a school record time of 3:30.97 in the 4x400m relay at the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championships to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships in the event ... Took 14th at the NCAA West Prelims in the 400m hurdles ... Won the 400m hurdles title at four meets including the John McDonnell Invitational (58.83), Eastern Illinois University Big Blue Classic (58.68), SEC/Big Ten Challenge (1:00.07) and the UCF Black and Gold Challenge (59.05) ... Also competed in the 100m hurdles at two meets.
Indoor: Big Ten champion as part of the 4x400m relay squad which set a Big Ten meet record and school record of 3:34.89 ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships as part of the 4x400m relay and placed 11th in the finals ... Set a career-best 400m time of 55.09 at the Big Ten Championships, while also won the event during the season twice ... Also notched a personal-best 200m time of 25.29 at the Tyson Invitational.
2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Ran the 400m hurdles...Placed second at the Polytan Invitational with 1:01.37...Member of the 4x400m relay team at the Drake Relays, placing sixth, and the LSU Invitational, placing third...Was the starting runner in the 4x800m relay team, placing second at Sea Ray Relays.
Indoor: Ran the 600m in the Big Ten Championships ... Helped the 4x400m relay team to a first place finish at the Illini Open ... Ran in the 4x400m relay at the Big Ten Championships.
2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Qualified individually for the NCAA Championships in the 400m hurdles and as part of the 4x400m relay, where she ran the third leg ... Took 10th at the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship in the 400m hurdles with a season-best time of 58.05 to advance to nationals ... Helped tally a time of 3:35.27 in the 4x400m relay at the NCAA West Prelims to earn a trip to nationals ... Scored at the Big Ten Championships with a third-place showing in the 400m hurdles and as part of the third-place 4x400m relay ... Won the 400m hurdles title at the Horned Frog Invite (59.67), Mike Poehlein Invite (1:01.50) and at Illinois Twilight (58.11) ... Also ran on 4x400m relays that took first at the SeaRay Relays, second at the Drake Relays and fifth at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational.
Indoor: Ran in the prelims of the 600m at the Big Ten Championships, posting a personal-best time of 1:32.48 ... Competed in four different events including 200m, 300m, 400m and 600m ... Finished first at the Illinois Intercollegiate in the 400m (58.06) ... Timed a personal-best in the 400m of 55.82 at the Tyson Invitational.
2009 Track & Field
Outdoor: Competed in the 400m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, advancing to the semifinal ... Timed 58.18 in the first round of the 400m hurdles at NCAA's ... Ran a personal-best 400m hurdles time of 57.87 at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships to place third ... Earned second team All-Big Ten honors by anchoring the 4x400m relay to a runner-up finish (3:38.41) at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships ... Also was third in the 400m hurdles at Big Ten's (58.49) ... Placed second in the 400m hurdles at the Illinois Invite (59.48) ... Competed for native Barbados at the 2009 CARIFTA Games in the British West Indies, earning two medals by placing third in the Under 20 division of the 400m hurdles (59.05) and running on the 4x400m relay that placed second (3:41.75) ... Was sixth in the 400m hurdles at the Drake Relays (1:00.16) and seventh in the event in the special invitational section at the Texas Relays (1:00.53) ... Anchored the 4x200m relay that was third at the Drake Relays (1:36.11) ... Also ran on the 4x400m relays that were first at the Illinois Invite (3:42.77) and seventh at the Texas Relays (3:38.33).
Indoor: Competed in the 600m at the Big Ten Championships (1:34.72) ... Took seventh in the 600 yards at the Iowa State Classic (1:24.97) ... Placed sixth in the 600m at the Indiana Open ... Competed the 400m at the Rod McCravy Memorial (56.79) ... Ran the 400m leg of the distance medley relay that was sixth at the Iowa State Classic ... Anchored the 4x400m relay that was second at the Indiana Open.
Competed in the 400m hurdles at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Bydogoscz, Poland and the 2007 World Youth Championships in Ostrava ... Took fourth in the 400m hurdles at the 2007 Carifta Games, the Caribbean junior track and field championships, with personal-best time of 59.93 ... Bronze medalist in the 800m at the 2005 Under-17 Carifta Games ... High School coach was Gabriel Burnett.
Daughter of Gweneth Griffith ... Born Feb. 7, 1990 in Barbados ... Has two siblings, Mya and Stephen ... Biggest thrill in sports was crossing the finish line with a personal best in the 400m hurdles ... Hobbies include field hockey and reading ... Favorite athlete is high school coach Gabriel Burnett because he went to the Olympics and from what he instilled in her she can see that he was once a great athlete ... Plans to try and get on the European Circuit after graduating ... Enrolled in the General Curriculum.
Griffith's Personal Bests
100m Hurdles: 14.71 - SEC/Big Ten Challenge (3/23/12)
400m Hurdles: 57.12 - Big Ten Championships (5/13/12)
200m: 25.29 - Tyson Invitational (2/11/12)
300m: 39.85 - Meyo Invitational (2/6/10)
400m: 55.09 - Big Ten Championships (2/25/12)
600m: 1:32.48 - Big Ten Championships (2/27/10)
Updated July 2012