Junior sprinter among 10 considered for the top women’s track and field athlete in the nation award
NEW ORLEANS – Junior sprinter Ashley Spencer was named to the women’s preseason watch list for The Bowerman, an award presented annually by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) to both the most outstanding male and female collegiate athletes in the nation.
Spencer, one of 10 women on the preseason list, is entering her first season at Texas after transferring from Illinois where she had a stellar two-year career. She was a five-time All-American with the Illini and is the two-time defending NCAA champion in the outdoor 400 meters. She also won 12 Big Ten Conference titles.
A native of Indianapolis, Spencer was a silver medalist in the 4×400-meter relay at the 2013 IAAF World Championships, while also qualifying in the 400. She was a bronze medalist in the 400m at the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships to earn a spot on Team USA at Worlds. Spencer captured a pair of gold medals at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships, winning the 400m in 50.50 seconds and running a leg on the 4x400m relay (3:30.01).
Spencer is a two-time semifinalist for The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, and is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.
Ryan Crouser and Johannes Hock were named to The Bowerman’s 10-member men’s list Wednesday. Texas is one of just three schools with three student-athletes on the combined men and women’s list (also Florida and Texas A&M).
The Longhorns open the 2014 indoor season on Friday, Jan. 17 with a dual meet at Arkansas.