Thompson shows fine final kick

December 20, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Allison Thompson thinks nothing of a 15-mile run, and views it as something she enjoys doing.

Thompson, a dean's list student from Churchville who will graduate from Towson State this month, recently completed her final college cross country season by leading the Tigers to a second-place team finish in the Big South Conference championships at UMBC.

Thompson finished sixth in 20 minutes, 19 seconds, which was 20 seconds behind the winner, Kristin Schultz of Coastal Carolina.

It capped a schedule in which she finished first in the Metro and Towson State Invitational championships and second in the UMBC Invitational, where she had her fastest time of the fall for three miles, 19:59.

Thompson ran all four of her years at C. Milton Wright High, but an assortment of injuries prevented her from running in the state championships.

It took her awhile to settle at Towson State, as her arrival was preceded by stops at the University of Connecticut, Harford Community College and Hood College.

"I decided on Towson State because I wanted to finish college, it was close to home, and I missed the running," she said.

Responding to a structured training program and more practice sessions, Thompson's running career flourished.

In cross country, she was 13th in the East Coast Conference championships two years ago, came back as a junior to be the team's top runner in four meets, and placed seventh in the ECC meet behind winning teammate Vikki Benhardt.

In track, as a distance runner, she was a consistent medalist in ECC championships, indoors and out, with bests of second at 3,000 meters and second at 5,000 meters.

"For most of this cross country season, my times came steadily down," Thompson said. "Roger [Erricker, coach] had to keep a rein on my mileage, or I would have been trying to do too much."

Graduating with a 3.8 average in her major of economics and history (3.5 overall), Thompson will work the next several months in Washington.

"I plan on going on to get graduate degrees, and eventually, I'd like to teach. Oh yes, and run," she said. "I love it. And the longer the better."

This work ethic also helps her in another pursuit, as she competes regularly in triathlons.

It is tough, though, on a goal-oriented person.

"I get mad when I don't do as well as I think I should," she said. "It's nobody's fault but your own, and it brings you back more

determined."

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