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
2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Competed at the NCAA Championships as part of the 4x400m relay, which qualified from the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship after setting a new school record time of 3:30.97 ... Also competed at the NCAA West Prelims individually in the 400m ... Ran the second leg of the Big Ten champion 4x400m relay squad ... Scored individually at the Big Ten Championships with fourth-place showings in the 200m (23.56) and 400m (52.77) ... Her 400m time at the conference meet ranks fourth fastest in the school record books ... Set a career-best 100m time of 11.82 at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge ... Academic All-Big Ten.
Indoor: Qualified for the NCAA Championships as part of the 4x400m relay team and placed 11th ... Ran the second leg in the Big Ten champion 4x400m relay team, setting a Big Ten record and school record of 3:34.89 ... Scored points individually at the Big Ten Championships meet, finishing fourth in the 400m (54.47) and eighth in the 200m (24.16) ... Notched a career-best 60m time of 7.58 at the Illini Classic, placing second.
2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Earned first All-America honors after placing eighth in the 400m final with a time of 53.64 ... Finished second in the 400m twice, at Sea Ray Relays (54.15) and at the Polytan Invitational (54.07m)...Scored team points at the Big Ten Challenge in the 100m with a sixth-place finish...Member of the 4x100m relay team, giving them a second, third, and two fourth place finishes...Helped the 4x200m relay team finish first at the Sea Ray Relays...Member of the 4x400m relay team, giving them two third place finishes.
Indoor: Big Ten Champion in the 400m ... Broke the school record in the 400m with 53.59 at the Meyo Invitational ... Recorded the fastest Illinois times in the 200m and the 400m ... Ran in the 4x400m relay with three different first place finishes ... Placed first in the 200m at Illinois Intercollegiate ... Placed first in the 400m at Illinois Intercollegiate, Meyo Invitational ... Placed second at the ISU NCAA Qualifier in the 400m ... Ran in the 4x400m relay for the Big Ten Championships.
2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Competed at the NCAA Championships as part of the 4x100m and 4x400m relay, which both qualified from the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship ... Scored individually at the Big Ten Championships with a third-place showing in the 400m (53.07) and fifth-place effort in the 200m (24.00) while also helping the 4x100m relay to a third-place finish ... Placed first in the 100m with a personal-best time of 11.69 and second in the 200m with a wind-aided 23.69 at the Illinois Twilight ... Ran on the 4x100m relay that picked up event titles at the Mike Poehlein Invitational, SeaRay Relays and Illinois Twilight.
Indoor: Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as part of the runner-up 4x400m relay and scored individually in the 400m at the Big Ten Championships with a fourth-place finish after a personal-best time of 54.14 ... Also ran in the prelims of the 60m and 200m at the Big Ten Championships ... Was the runner-up in the 60m dash at the Illinois Intercollegiate with a season-best time of 7.67 ... Took fourth in the 300m at the Meyo Invitational with a time of 39.17 ... Helped win the 4x400m title at the Carle/Health Alliance and the Meyo Invitational ... Took fifth in the 4x400m relay at the ISU NCAA Qualifier and timed a season-best 3:37.00.
2009 Track & Field
Outdoor: Led off the 4x400m relay that competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (3:36.36) ... Competed in the 4x100m relay at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (45.69) ... Earned second team All-Big Ten honors by running on the 4x400m relay that was runner-up at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships (3:38.41) ... Also ran on the 4x100m relay that was third at Big Ten's (45.84) and competed in the 100m (12.11) and 200m (24.71) at the conference championships, with season-bests in both ... Member of the 4x100m relay (45.68) and 4x400m relay (3:42.77) that each placed first at the Illinois Invitational ... Timed a season-best 55.55 in the 400m in placing fourth at the Illinois Invitational ... Was runner-up in the 400m university section at the Sun Angel Track Classic (56.31) ... Timed an identical 24.77 in the 200m at the Sun Angel Track Classic and Illinois Invitational ... Anchored the 4x200m relay that was fifth at the Texas Relays (1:37.21).
Indoor: Ran the 60m (7.82) and 200m (25.05) at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, with season-bests in both events ... Was seventh in the 200m at the Indiana Open (25.31) to open the season ... Took 15th in the 200m at the Rod McCravy Memorial (25.12) ... Also ran the 400m in two meets and the 4x400m relay in two meets.
Qualified in the sprints for the 2008 World Junior Championships in Bydogoszcz, Poland ... Competed in the 200m and 400m at the 2008 Carifta Games in Basseterre, St. Kitts ... Set the national 400m record in spring 2008 at the Dekalb International Prep Classic in Atlanta ... Member of 4x100m and 4x400m relays that set BVI national youth records her junior and senior years ... Member of 4x100m relay that was fourth at the 2007 Carifta Games ... Ran on 4x400m relay that took fourth at the 2006 Carifta Games and CAC Juniors ... BVI Scholastic recordholder in the 200m dash ... Owns Dekalb Classic 400m record ... Has earned a number of honors, including Fast Lane Track Club Outstanding 400m Performance, Fast Lane Track Club Outstanding All-Round Performance and BVIAAA Outstanding All-Round Performance.
Daughter of Collins Kelly and Gleneth Pickering ... Born March 25, 1991 ... Has three siblings, Chaundey Sargeant, Suezette Kelly and Kenan George ... Hobbies include shopping, surfing the net and hanging out with friends ... Biggest thrill in sport is racing ... Majoring in Sports Management.
Kelly's Personal Bests
100m: 11.82 - UCF Black and Gold Challenge (3/17/12)
200m: 23.49 - Big Ten Championships (5/15/11)
400m: 52.71 - NCAA Championships (6/10/11)
60m: 7.58 - Illini Classic (1/21/12)
200m: 24.07 - Big Ten Championships (2/24/12)
300m: 39.17 - Meyo Invitational (2/6/10)
400m: 53.59 - Meyo Invitational (2/5/11)
Updated July 2012