Basketball, Gymnastics Standouts Take Home Prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor
Two Illini set personal bests on Saturday
Illini to compete at LSU; Jesse Owens and Mt. SAC
Illini have won award three consecutive weeks
Four Illini crack school's top-10 in events
Two-time IAAF World Junior Champion (400m, 4x400m)
NCAA Champion (400m - 2012)
Three-time All-American (200m - 2012, 400m - 2012, 400m - 2013)
Nine-time Big Ten Champion (200m - 3x, 400m - 3x, 4x400m relay - 3x)
2013 Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year
2013 Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Championships
2012 Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Championships/Freshman of the Year
2012 Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year
2012 Illinois Female Newcomer of the Year
Holds four indoor school records (200m, 300m, 400m, 4x400m relay)
Holds two outdoor school records (400m, 4x400m relay)
2013 Track and Field
Indoor: Earned third All-America honors by finishing third in the 400m at the NCAA Championships ... Reset the indoor 400m school record at the national meet with a time of 51.27 ... Was part of the Big Ten indoor championship team which won the title for the first time since 1996 season ... Undefeated at the Big Ten Championships ... Defended her Big Ten titles, winning the 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay ... Named Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships ... Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week on Feb. 11
2012 Track and Field
Outdoor:Won two gold medals at the IAAF World Junior Championships, placing first in the 400m (50.50) and anchored the 4x400m relay team (3:30.01) ... Semifinalist for the Bowerman Award ... On her 19th birthday, won the first ever 400m NCAA title in school history, setting the fastest time in the country and a school record of 50.95 ... First freshman to win the 400m national title since Sanya Richards (Texas) accomplished the feat in 2003 ... Was named Illinois' Female Top Newcomer of the Year ... Three-time Big Ten Champion, winning the 200m (22.99), 400m (51.02) and was the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay team (3:31.77) ... Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships and Freshman of the Year ... Holds the Illinois school record in the 400m (50.95) and the 4x400m relay (3:30.97).
Indoor:Earned her first All-American status after placing sixth in the 200m at the NCAA Championships ... Three-time Big Ten Champion, winning the 200m (23.24), 400m (53.49) and was the final leg of the winning 4x400m relay team (3:34.89) ... Earned first-team All-Big Ten honors ... Holds the Illinois school record in the 200m (23.24) set at the Big Ten Championships and the 400m, recorded at the Tyson Invitational (53.45) ... Collected six first-place finishes.
Was a 12-time state champion, including seven individual titles and five team titles ... Holds six school records ... Named Ms. Track and Field of Indiana ... 2010 state runner-up in the 100m hurdles, 100m hurdles (2011), 300m hurdles (2011) ... Attended the Midwest Meet of Championships, won the 300m hurdles and 4x400m relay and placing third in the 100m hurdles.
Daughter of Rita and Demetrius Spencer ... Born June 8, 1993 ... Has two siblings, including sister Ahlivia who transferred from Louisville to run at Illinois.
Spencer's Personal Bests
200m: 22.99 - Big Ten Championships (5/13/12)
400m: 50.50 - IAAF World Junior Championships (7/13/12)*
400m H: 59.43 - John McDonnell Invite (4/21/12)
60m: 7.42 - Illini Classic (1/19/13)
60m H: 8.80 - Illini Open (1/14/12)
200m: 23.24 - Big Ten Championships (2/25/12)*
400m: 51.27 - NCAA Championships (3/9/13)*
* School record
Updated April 2013