The Illinois women’s track and field team has signed eight recruits, including seven who won individual or relay state titles during their high school careers.
Ashley Spencer of Indianapolis is a six-time Indiana state champion. The Lawrence North graduate won the 100-meter hurdles as a junior and was part of five state title-winning relay teams.
Breeana Coleman of Olathe, Kan., is transferring to the UI after one season at Arkansas. In high school, she won six state titles, sweeping the 100 meters, 200 meters and 100 hurdles during her junior and senior seasons.
Asia Thomas of Cape Girardeau, Mo., won a state title in the 400 as a junior in a state-record time of 54.49 seconds.
Jazjuan Wallace-Sipp of Harvey Thornton was the Class 3A state champion in the discus as a junior and placed in the top three in the event at state three times.
Middle-distance runner Chloe Schmidt of State College, Pa., was a five-time state champion and six-time state runner-up.
Also signing with the UI were distance runners Colette Falsey and Britten Petrey of Schaumburg, and Alyssa Schneider of Bartlett.
Falsey and Petrey helped lead Schaumburg to the Class 3A cross-country state title last fall and were part of a 3A state champion 3,200 relay team in 2010. Schneider was a four-time All-Stater in track and cross-country.