2000 USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY

Tressa Thompson

TRESSA THOMPSON

Events: Shot Put, Discus, Hammer

Height: 5-10

Weight: 215

PRs: Shot Put: 63-9.5 (1999); Discus: 178-11 (1998); Hammer: 180-6 (1997)

Born: May 6, 1975, in Creighton, Nebraska

Current Residence: Lincoln, Neb.

High School: Bloomfield (Neb.) '93

College: Nebraska '98

Coach: Mark Colligan

Agent: John Nubani

Club: Nike

Career Highlights: 2nd, 2000 USA Indoor shot put; 1997 and '99 World Champs competitor; 3 NCAA titles.

An all-around athlete in high school, Thompson qualified to the state meet in the 100m hurdles in addition to the throwsplayed football through her sophomore year in high schoolwas the first female in state history to play on a state championship football squadquit football because parents worried that an injury there might hurt her chances for a scholarship in other sportssays "I wish I had stuck with it"also starred in basketball and volleyballsays Connie Price-Smith has been a positive influence in her career: "she makes me feel like I'm part of a bigger team"her favorite competition was the 1998 NCAA champs, where she and rival Teri Tunks battled back and forth, breaking the meet record four times between them: "I was able to stay cool."began competing in weightlifting meets in 1997 specializes in the Olympic lifts: snatches, clean-and-jerkshopes to make the Olympic team in both weightlifting and trackfor 2000, she's concentrating on trackworks as an assistant strength coach with the Nebraska football team earned a degree in criminal justice at Nebraskasays eventually she would like to be a bodyguard: "If track doesn't work out, maybe I can be Connie's bodyguard"likes to do volunteer work with children, as well as speaking engagements.

2000: Placed 2nd at USA Indoors (60-1).

1999: 3rd at USA Outdoors (61-5)... 17th in qualifying at World Champs (57-5.75) 3rd at USA Indoors (60-3)ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN best of 63-9.5 (indoors).

1998: 3rd in SP (57-3.75) at USA Outdoors 3rd in SP at USA Indoor (57-4.25)won SP (61-2.25 MR), 8th in DT (178-11 PR) at NCAAwon SP (59-7), DT (174-2) at Big 12 7th in SP at Goodwill Games (56-9.25) ranked #3 in SP in U.S. by T&FN bests of 61-7.75 and 178-11 (DT).

1997: 3rd in SP at USA Outdoors (58-2)12th in SP at World Champs (54-1)won SP (60-8.5) at NCAA; 10th in DT (166-4), 9th in HT (180-6 PR)won SP (57-0) at NCAA Indoorwon SP (59-4.75), 3rd in WT (57-11.25) at Big 12 Indoor won SP (59-4.75), 2nd in DT (165-10), 3rd in HT (178-2) at Big 12 Outdoor3rd in SP (59-11) at World University Gamesranked #3 in SP in U.S. by T&FN bests of 61-7.5 and 171-5 (DT), 180-6 (HT).

1996: 8th in SP (55-3.75) at Olympic Trials 5th in SP (54-9.25), 9th in DT (170-1) at NCAA Outdoor won SP (56-10) and DT (163-2) in Big 8; 9th in HT (147-11)5th in SP at NCAA Indoor (54-7.25)2nd in SP (53-11.75), 3rd in WT (55-7.75) in Big 12 Indoor ranked #9 in SP in U.S. by T&FN bests of 57-0 and 170-1 (DT), 148-2 (HT).

1995: 7th in SP (51-5.5) at USA Outdoors; 18th in DT qualifying3rd in SP (48-11.75), 5th in WT (52-3.75) in Big 12 Indoor17th in NCAA Indoor SP (45-0.25)2nd in SP (50-8.25), 5th in DT (143-5) in Big 86th in SP (53-7), 11th in DT at NCAA Outdoor (163-3) 4th in SP (49-6.5) at Olympic Festranked #10 in SP in U.S. by T&FN bests of 54-3.25 and 171-1 (DT).

1994: 3rd in SP at Big 12 Indoor (49-5)14th in SP at NCAA Indoor (47-5.75)redshirted outdoor season best of 50-8.75.

1993: Won Nebraska HS state title in SP best of 44-11.5.

1992: Won Nebraska HS state title in SP bests of 44-6.5.

1991: Won Nebraska HS state title in SPbests of 42-9.5.

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