CHAMPAIGN — She’s already won two NCAA titles, has serious Olympic potential and is in line for a track and field payday.
But Ashley Spencer is in no rush to leave the college scene.
“I want all four years of college — I know I can’t get them back,” the Illinois junior-to-be said. “(Leaving early) is tempting sometimes late at night, but I kind of like being in Orange and Blue.”
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EUGENE, Ore. — Ashley Spencer gave herself a huge early birthday present.
The Illinois sophomore — one day shy of her 20th birthday — defended her NCAA title in the 400 meters, winning by nearly half a second Friday night with a school-record time of 50.28 seconds, the best collegiate time this year.
EUGENE, Ore. — The senior led off.
The freshman finished it.
In between the junior and sophomore kept the school-record pace intact.
EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois’ Ashley Spencer, the defending outdooor champion in the 400, won her heat in 51.61 seconds and qualified for the finals with the third-best time at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday.
Despite finishing with the 12th-fastest time overall, Morolake Akinosun advanced in the 100 by taking second in her heat in 11.34.
EUGENE, Ore. — Ashley Spencer has yet to run head-to-head this year against the NCAA’s reigning 400-meter indoor champion.
That should change this week, when the Illinois sophomore goes after her second national collegiate title in the outdoor 400.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer earned the United States Track
and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Midwest Region Athlete of the Year award.
Spencer, who is the top seed in the 400 meters after clocking a season-best 50.88 seconds at the NCAA West Prelims, will look to add another national title this week in Eugene, Ore.
Thirty-six years ago Sunday, the 1977 NCAA Track and Field Championships began at Illinois’ Memorial Stadium.
The Illinois men’s basketball team will only play Big Ten foes Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue once during the 2013-14 season.
ARGENTA — This is a feel-good Mother’s Day story.
It becomes that because a daughter — a teenage daughter — listened to the advice of her mother.
The result will eventually add up to a savings of thousands of dollars for the family.
It wasn’t a given that Kandie Bloch-Jones would not only listen, but also heed the words of her mother, Katie Bloch.