Former Hazelwood Central track and field standout Ashley Henderson will always remember her debut as a professional on the international circuit.
Henderson won the 100-meter dash at the inaugural Athletics World Cup in London’s Olympic Stadium. Henderson posted a winning time of 11.07 seconds and defeated a talented field which included 2016 Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson of Jamaica.
Not only was it Henderson’s professional debut, but it was the first time that she had competed outside of the United States.
“It was a tight race, but a very good one,” Henderson told Nuffin’ Long Athletics after the race. “You can never be your best until you’re running with the best. For me, I was honored to run with Elaine. I have always looked up to her. She’s an amazing runner.”
A recent graduate of San Diego State University, Henderson had just concluded a stellar career as one of the top female track athletes in the history of the Mountain West Conference. She was a nine-time Mountain West Conference champion during her career.
In her last collegiate race, she finished sixth in the 200-meter dash to earn All-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, OR.
Henderson finished second in the 100 at the U.S. Championships in Des Moines, Iowa last month. She posted a personal best time of 10.96 seconds in her runner-up finish.