Women's Cross Country, Track & Field


Ashley Thompson
Ashley Thompson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Mt. Vernon, Ill.

High School:
Mt. Vernon HS

Event:
XC - Distance

Birthdate:
09/09/1987

I/O Eligibility:
SR/SR

AT ILLINOIS

Cross Country

2010 - Senior: Made season debut at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships, coming in fifth for the Illini and 30th overall with a 5K time of 18:56 ... Placed fifth for the Illini and 99th overall at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational with a 6K time of 22:09.6 ... Placed sixth for the team at Pre-Nationals with a 6K time of 22:54.8 ... Placed eighth for the team at the Big Ten Championships with a 6K time of 22:25.9 ... Placed seventh on the team at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships after finishing with a time of 22:23.58 ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2009 - Junior: Finished 223rd in her first appearance at the NCAA National Championships with a 6K time of 22:27.8 ... Placed sixth for Illinois at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a 6K time of 22:38 ... Had a personal-best 6K time of 21:58 at the Big Ten Championships and finished fifth for the Orange and Blue and 44th overall ... Came in sixth for the Illini at the Pre-National Invitational with a 6K time of 22:36.4 ... Ran a personal-best 5K time of 18:12 at the Wisconsin Inter-Regional ... Came in second for the Illini at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships with a 5K time of 18:32 ... Paced the Orange and Blue at the season-opening Illini Challenge, placing third with a personal-best 4K time of 14:39.57 ... Finished in fifth for Illinois at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invite ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2008 - Sophomore: Opened up the 2008 season at the Illini Challenge, placing fifth for the Orange and Blue with a 4K time of 15:44.59 ... Ran a 5K time of 19:18 at the Bradley Open to place fourth for the Illini ... Raced at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships with a 5K time of 19:33 ... Competed in the open division of the Notre Dame Invitational, finishing 17th overall with a season-best 5K time of 18:53 ... Finished first for the Illini at the Bradley Classic with a 6K time of 22:41 ... Placed third for the Orange and Blue at the Illini Open with a 5K time of 19:00 ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2007 - Freshman: Finished 12th for the Illini at the Illinois Intercollegiate meet with a time of 19:33 in her first race for the Fighting Illini.

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Track & Field

2010:
Academic All-Big Ten. Outdoor: Participated in the 1,500m ... Placed first at Illinois Twilight (4:43.45) ... Placed third with her personal-best time at Dave Rankin Invite (4:37.36) ... Finished fourth at Stan Lyons Invite (4:37.86). Indoor: Participated in the mile and 3,000m ... Ran her personal-best in the 3,000m at Tyson Invitational (10:24.99).

2009:
Academic All-Big Ten. Outdoor: Ran a personal-best 4:46.92 in the 1,500m at the Dave Rankin Invitational ... Was fourth in the 3,000m at the Illinois Invitational (10:35.71) ... Also ran the 1,500m at the Illinois Invitational (4:48.17). Indoor: Ran 800m leg of distance medley relay that was eighth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships ... Timed personal-best 2:20.12 in the 800m at the Meyo Invitational ... Took runner-up in the mile at the EIU Friday Night Special with a personal-best time of 5:18.04 ... Was second in the 3,000m at Illinois Intercollegiates with a time of 10:31.79 ... Placed sixth in the mile at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic.

2008:
Outdoor: Won the 1,500m at the Illinois Twilight and was also fifth in the 800m ... Ran season-best 1,500m time of 4:50.10 at the Big Blue Classic. Indoor: Was runner-up in the 800m at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational ... Ran season-best 2:20.32 in the 800m at the Illinois Women's Invitational.

High School
All-conference in track and field for four years ... All-conference in cross country in 2004 and 2005 ... Holds the school record in the 300m low hurdles.

Personal
Daughter of Ron Thompson and Tammy Marks ... Born Sept. 9, 1987... Has three siblings, Tiffany, Jacquelyn, and Zack ... Her biggest thrill in sports was placing second at sectionals in the 300 hurdles her senior year ... High school coach Connie Harre-Blair and best friend Bethany Kirkpatrick most influenced her athletic career ... Majoring in kinesiology.

Thompson's Personal Bests
Cross Country
4K - 14:39.57 - Illini Challenge (9/4/09)
5K - 18:12 - Wisconsin Inter-Regional (10/3/09)
6K - 21:58 - Big Ten Championships (11/1/09)

Outdoor
1,500m: 4:37.36 - Dave Rankin Invite (4/17/10)
3,000m: 10:35.71 - Illinois Invitational (5/2/09)

Indoor
Mile: 5:18.04 - EUI Friday Night Special (2/20/09)
800m: 2:20.12 - Meyo Invitational (2/7/09)
3,000m: 10:24.99 - Tyson Invitational (2/13/10)

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