William O. Spencer

Born: July 30, 1900

Died: July 14, 1983

Hometown: Jackson, TN

Year of Induction: 1968


College Track Career

Mississippi State (1918-1922)

• Captain Cross Country (’21)

• Captain Track (’22)

• National AAU Cross Country Champion (’20)

• SIAA Mile Champion (’21-’22)

• Ran the mile only 2/10ths of a second off the world record at that time (’22)


International Track Competition

U.S. Army

• Competed in 1,500 Meter race (’24 Olympics)

• Eighth place – 3,000 Meter Steeplechase (’28 Olympics)

• Ran in the British Empire Games-London


Coaching Career

Mississippi State (1936-1947)


Did You Know?

The MSU track and field complex is named after Spencer.

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