10:18 p.m. EDT March 20, 2016
Ashley Spencer USA) win the women's 4x400m relay (3:26.38)at Oregon Convention Center.(Photo: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports)
Ashley Spencer is back.
The former Lawrence North High School sprinter won gold and silver medals in track and field’s World Indoor Championships at Portland, Ore.
She ran anchor leg Sunday for the U.S. team that won the women's 1,600-meter relay in 3:26.38. The Americans won by 4.77 seconds, second-largest margin in the history of the indoor worlds.
She won a silver medal in Saturday’s 400 meters, clocking 51.72. Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Adelkoya won gold in 51.45.
Spencer earned $20,000 for the silver and $10,000 as one-fourth of prize money for relay gold. Natasha Hastings, 400-meter bronze medalist Quanera Hayes and 2016 world leader Courtney Okolo ran the first three legs.
“I really didn’t think about anything else but finishing up for my team,” Spencer told USA Track & Field. “Finishing what they had put forth for all of us is the most important thing. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I’m looking forward to outdoor season.”
Spencer, 22, is aiming at both the 400 meters and 400-meter hurdles at June’s U.S. Olympic Trials. She was inhibited by a leg injury while at Texas last year but has returned to the form that allowed her to win three medals at previous world meets. She has two golds from the 2012 junior worlds and a relay silver from the 2013 outdoor worlds.