Pamé La Ashford, 2004 - Ashford, an all-Gateway Conference and
all-Mid-Continent Conference track and field athlete from 1988-93,
established seven Western Illinois records and was noted on the top ten
list an astounding 24 times during her Westerwinds career. Five of
Ashford’s seven school records still remain in the books, including
times in the 55-meter dash (:07.01), 100-meter dash (:11.59), 200-meter
dash (:24.73-indoor, :23.59-outdoor) and 4x200-meter relay (1:39.85).
former team captain was an NCAA qualifier in the 55- and 200-meter
dashes indoors and in the 100- and 200-meter dashes outdoors. During
her sophomore campaign, Ashford was the Gateway Conference indoor
champion in the 200 and the 55 with her school-record times beginning
in that championship heat. During the 1990 outdoor season, Ashford was
the Gateway champion in two individual events (100 and 200 dashes) and
earned repeat all-conference honors. In 1991-92 she was a conference
indoor and outdoor finalist despite competing with a broken femur.
During reconditioning, she was listed as a NSCA Fitness All-American
Athlete for her running performance and her strength and conditioning
marks, bench pressing 190 lbs. and squatting 265 lbs.
success afforded her the opportunity to train at the Olympic Training
Camp in 1989, an invitation to compete at the U.S. Olympic Festival in
1990 and the opportunity to compete at Nationals in New Orleans in
1993. After her standout career, Ashford tutored the Western Illinois
sprinters as a graduate assistant coach from 1993-95.
to Walther Lutheran as a Jesse Owens Junior Olympic bronze medalist,
she became an all-state high school athlete and four-year state
finalist twice listed as one of “Who’s Who Among American High School
Ashford, who was named the Marketing Communications
Manager for Clarisay in 2001, earned her MBA from Texas
A&M-Commerce in 2002.