Lenape grad Thompson an NCAA medal contender in intermediates!!!

step0001-94Lenape graduate Evann Thompson is enjoying a big year at Pitt and was one of the top qualifiers over the weekend for the NCAA Division 1 track championships.

She goes into NCAAs as the No. 6 seed.

At the East Regionals in Jacksonville over the weekend, Thompson advanced easily with a 58.37 in the first round and followed that up with a season-best 57.02 for second place in the next round — the regional final is actually considered the NCAA quarterfinal. Thompson was the third underclassman across the line.

Thompson’s previous season best was a 57.33 from two weeks earlier, when she placed second to Sage Watson of Florida State at the ACC Championships in Tallahassee. Her PR is a 56.87 from East Regionals last year. She did not have a great race at nationals as a sophomore, running 58.89 and placing 17th overall.

That 56.87 is the Pitt school record. She is also the school record holder indoors with a 1:30.98 for 600 meters. She’s also run as fast as 2:10.21 for 800 meters — an event she never ran in high school.

Thompson is the No. 6 seed at the NCAA Championships, which is scheduled for June 10-13 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Thompson had a PR of 1:01.99 during her years at Lenape. She was state champ in the 400IH as a senior in 2012.

A breakdown of Thompson’s season, with her top performances in all her various events is here.

For a complete list of all men’s and women’s NCAA qualifiers, click here.

Thompson is also ranked No. 20 among all U.S. women and No. 54 in the world.

She’s also only 13-100ths of a second off the 56.89 qualifying mark for the USATF nationals, June 25-28, also at Hayward Field. Her 56.87 last May came about a month before the qualifying window opened.

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