Spencer Named Semifinalist for Bowerman Award
June 19, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Sophomore Ashley Spencer was named one of 10 semifinalists for the female Bowerman Award, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The award is presented annually for the most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation. The Bowerman Advisory Board will narrow down to three finalists on July 10, with the winner being named in December in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention.
Spencer was named Illinois' Dike Eddleman Female Athlete of the Year after defending her NCAA title in the 400m earlier this month. The sophomore finished with a time of 50.28, breaking the Illinois school record and giving her the fifth-fastest in-season time in college history and the fastest of 2013. The Indianapolis native earned All-America honors in the 4x400 relay (outdoors) and 400m (indoors), making her a five-time All-American after just two seasons. She also won six Big Ten titles on the season, taking the 200m, 400m and 4x400 relay titles at both the indoor and outdoor championships.
Spencer was named USTFCCCA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year, Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships, and Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships. She helped lead the Illini to the Big Ten indoor team title and to 14th place finishes at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships.
The Illini standout will compete this weekend at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the chance to make the American team and run in the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia in August.