Event: 400m Hurdles
PR: 55.53 (2011)
Current Residence: Lakewood, CA
High School: Junipero Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) H.S.
College: UCLA '13
Coach: Jeanette Bolden
2009 USA Junior runner-up (57.93)
2011 NCAA Outdoor runner-up (55.65)
Even while in her collegiate eligibility at UCLA, Thompson is already one of the top 400m hurdlers in the nation. After taking the runner-up spot at the 2011 NCAA Championships, she took fourth in her first appearance at the USA Championships. Thompson was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia as a child and has battled nagging injuries throughout her career. Before fully understanding how sickle cell affected her training and injuries and learning to modify her workouts, she considered redshirting her freshman season due to recurring injury.
2012: 6th at Olympic Trials (55.42); 2nd at NCAA Outdoor (55.28); 2nd at Pac 12 championships (56.26); 2nd at Johnson/Joyner Kersee Invite 400m (52.73).
2011: 4th at USA Outdoor (55.53); 2nd at NCAA Outdoor (55.65); 1st at Pac-10 Outdoor 400mH (55.84) and 3rd 4x400m (3:33.78)
2010: 1st at Pac-10 Outdoor (56.92)
2009: 4th at Pan Am Juniors (59.08); 1st at USATF Junior Olympic Young Women (57.67); 2nd USA Junior Outdoor (57.93); 1st at CIF Championships 400m (53.10)
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2011: Outdoor bests – 55.53 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 19 in the world)
2010: Outdoor bests – 56.92 (No. 22 in the USA)
2009: Outdoor bests – 57.93