Big Ten Athlete of the Year Nominee - ILL's Ashley Spencer

Spencer defended her 400-meter dash national title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships

June 24, 2013

Through Tuesday, the Big Ten will highlight each of the 24 student-athletes nominated for the conference's Athlete of the Year awards. Award winners are voted on by a pre-selected media panel and will be announced next week.

Ashley Spencer - Illinois - Track & Field
Spencer, the 2013 Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and of the Championships, won her second consecutive 400-meter dash national title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in a school record time of 50.28, which is the fourth-best collegiate time ever and fifth best in the world. The sophomore is a six-time Big Ten champion, winning the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes and 4x400-meter relay during the indoor and outdoor seasons, and a five-time All-American. She was named USTFCCCA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year, was part of a 4x400m relay team that set the school record and led the Illini women to the team title at the Big Ten Indoor Championships this season. Click HERE for more information on Ashley. 

Previously Highlighted Nominees:

Ed Ruth, Penn State wrestling

Christine Nairn, Penn State women's soccer

Geoff Davis, Purdue men's track & field 

Casey Matthews, Purdue women's swimming & diving 

Derek St. John, Iowa wrestling

Jessica Barnett, Iowa field hockey    



Connor Jaeger, Michigan men's swimming & diving

Joanna Sampson, Michigan women's gymnastics

Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State football  

Caroline Powers, Michigan State women's golf  

Tony Nelson, Minnesota wrestling

Amanda Kessel, Minnesota women's ice hockey

Justin Parr, Illinois baseball