Ashley Spencer will look to medal for Team USA in the 400m at the IAAF World Junior Championships this week.
July 9, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After winning the USA Junior Outdoor Championships a few weeks ago, Ashley Spencerheads to Barcelona to compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships. Coming into the competition, Spencer holds the fastest junior time in the world in the 400m (50.95) and will compete in the event starting Wednesday.
"This is a great opportunity for Ashley to be able to compete for the U.S. team and challenge for a medal at the World Junior Championships, " head coach Tonja Buford-Baileysaid. "This is the most premiere event in all of track and field for Junior athletes and will be the best place for her to gain international experience. Although she enters the meet with the No. 1 time in the world for juniors, she has the least experience of her main competitors in the event. Having said that, I feel she has just as good a shot as anyone of bringing home the gold because she is hands-down one of the most competitive athletes I know."
Spencer will be joined by two other Americans including Erika Rucker of South Carolina and Kendall Baisden of Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day High School. The Indianapolis, Ind., native begins her quest for a medal on Wednesday morning, competing at 3:40 a.m. CT with the semifinals of the event happening the following night at 1:35 p.m. CT. The finals of the 400m take place Friday at 1:30 p.m. CT. Follow all the action at the World Junior Championships by following IAAF WJC Barcelona12 HERE.
During her first year at Illinois, Spencer won the school's first ever NCAA 400m title, is a two-time All-American, six-time Big Ten champion and has broken five school records. Only one woman in history, Lashinda Demus (South Carolina, 2002, 400m H) has won the NCAA and World Junior titles in the same year and event.
World Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships Schedule
The Olympic Stadium Lluis Companys de Montijuic // Barcelona, Spain
All times Central
Wednesday, July 11
3:40 a.m. 400m First Round
Thursday, July 12
1:35 p.m. 400m Semi-final
Friday, July 13
1:30 p.m. 400m Final