Ashley Spencer narrowly missed on a chance to make the U.S. Olympic track team Sunday night.
The Lawrence North graduate finished seventh in the 400 meters at Eugene, Ore. Her time was 51.09 seconds. The top six are customarily selected to the 4×400 relay pool.
Allyson Felix didn’t let that bad ankle bother her. She cruised to victory in the 400 to keep her chances alive for an unprecedented women’s 200-400 double in Rio later this summer.
Felix, struggling with a hurting right ankle, posted the best time of the year — 49.68 seconds — to easily outdistance Phyllis Francis and Natasha Hastings, who also made the team.
Spencer still seeks an Olympic berth in the 400 hurdles.
Candyce McGrone, a Warren Central grad, finished sixth in her 100 semifinal in 11.06 seconds. That’s her best time in a year and 12th overall.
She still seeks an Olympic spot in the 200.
In the men’s 400, LaShawn Merritt also posted the year’s best time — 43.97 seconds — to earn a trip to his third Olympics. Merritt beat Gil Roberts by 0.76 seconds. David Verburg also made the team.
Justin Gatlin is heading to Rio after posting the year’s best time of 9.8 seconds in the 100 meters.
Defending Olympic champion Ashton Eaton was a runaway winner in the decathlon. His 8,750 points were one more than the personal best of anyone else who can qualify in the Olympic field.
Also making it: Eighteen-year-old high jumper Vashti Cunningham, the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham.