For Spencer, experience worth its weight

For Spencer, experience worth its weight

BARCELONA, Spain — The gold keeps flowing for Illinois sophomore-to-be Ashley Spencer.

Spencer, who won a gold medal in the 400 meters at the IAAF World Junior Championships, anchored the United States' 1,600 relay team to victory Sunday night.

"It feels great to win two gold medals," Spencer said. "I can't really describe it. I closed out my season the best way possible. To come out with two golds overseas is just incredible. I'm very happy. This whole experience has been such a blessing. Just coming overseas and my first time out of the country, on top of winning gold medals is just a blessing. I've had the best time of my life."

Spencer anchored the relay of Erika Rucker (South Carolina), Olivia Ekpone (Texas A&M) and Kendall Baisden (Detroit Country Day High School), finishing in 3 minutes, 30.01 seconds, a World Junior leading time.

Spencer was clocked in 50.60 seconds on her anchor leg.

"It is so great to have Ashley anchor the winning 4x400 for Team USA," coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "... It was such a great first season for her, and for it to end with her winning two golds at the World Junior meet and get a championship record is just amazing. This is the best way to end such a stellar season. I am so proud of the way she handled herself this year with composure and took it all in stride. She has been a really positive impact for this team."

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