Ian Palko/The Hoya Sasha Spencer: Women’s Track and Field Hometown: Salem, Ore. High School: North Salem H.S. School: MSB ’01 Sports: Track

High School Stats: Oregon Female Track Athlete of the Year in 1996 and 1997… State champion in the 400m in 1995, 1996, and 1997… Holds four high school records … Won Gold West Invitational in 400m … Member of “Who’s Who in Oregon Track”

Georgetown Stats: Five-time All-American … Olympic Trials qualifier in 800m … 800m qualifier for USA Track & Field Championships … Won Arkansas Tyson Invitational in 800m … ember of two-time 4 x 800m champion team at Penn Relays … Member of 4 x 400m at ECAC and Big East … Placed first in 500m at Big East indoor championships … Big East Academic All-Star … Helped to set a new meet record in 4 x 800m at Stanford Initational

Favorite Team: Tennessee Volunteers Women’s Basketball

If you could play against any other GU athleter who would it be? Kevin [Braswell] because he’d go easy on me

Favorite Quote: “You learn, you grow, you move on, but first you are challenged.”

Do you like to drive? Actually, I just got my license last summer. I got my permit the day before I left for college.

If you could be great at any sport besides track, what would it would it be? Basketball, because there’s less running involved

What is your favorite movie? Terms of Endearment. It’s the saddest movie I’ve ever seen.

If you name a line of running shoes, what would you call them? The “Won’t-Give-You-a- Stress-Fracture Supremes”

Hobby? Crossword puzzles

New South or Darnall? Darnall, the food is better quality. They don’t mass produce the food like they do in New South.

What is or has been your favorite class at Georgetown? Theology of Social Justice with Fr. Andrew Skotiniki. I enjoyed looking at the socioeconomic disparities between classes.

Favorite event to run: The 800m. It allows for more strategy. There’s a pacing element that the 400m doesn’t have and it allows the runner to fix things in the middle of the race.

If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be and why? Cathy Freeman. I respect what she’s done not only in the face of her country, but also in the face of the pressure she’s had to endure. I admire the poise she had to deal with everything.

Interview conducted by John-Paul Hezel

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