Shepherd, Thompson Earn All-America Honors
June 5, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior jumper Karimah Shepherd and sophomore distance runner Joanna Thompson made NC State history and collected All-America awards on the first day of the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon on Wednesday evening.
Shepherd, who also qualified for the finals of the women's triple jump at this year's championships, took flight in the long jump for the Wolfpack. A second-team All-American in the long and triple jumps during the indoor season, Shepherd soared 20' 8.00" (6.30m) into the sand pit on her second of six jumps to record the seventh-best mark and earn first-team All-America honors.
With the performance, the Chesapeake, Va., native became the first women's long jumper to earn first-team All-America recognition in program history.
Making her very first appearance in an NCAA Final and competing in the women's 10,000-meter run, Thompson clocked a time of 34:14.30 to cross the finish line in 11th place and capture second-team All-America honors.
The Knoxville, Tenn., native's performance also marked the third-straight year in which NC State has produced an All-American in the women's 10K race, as Andie Cozzarelli earned second-team honors in the event in 2011 and 2012.
Thompson also became the ninth different women's distance runner in program history to earn All-America honors in the 10,000-meter race. Past honorees include: Cozzarelli, Kristen Price (2002 and 2003), Kristen Hall (1995), Janet Smith (1988 and 1989), Connie Jo Robinson (1986), Betty Springs (1980, 1981 and 1983), Julie Shea (1980) and Mary Shea (1980 and 1981).
After one day of competition, NC State ranks 21st on the women's team leaderboard.
Redshirt freshman SeQuoia Watkins will compete in the women's discus at 5 p.m. (ET) Thursday, before redshirt senior and nine-time All-American Ryan Hill runs in the men's 1,500-meter semifinal race at 7:45 p.m. (ET). Both events can be watched live on ESPN3.
Women's 10,000-meter run
Women's Long Jump