April 3, 2006
FUKUOKA, Japan -- Former Lady Vol cross country and track & field standout Sharon Dickie Thompson was in action at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships over the weekend, representing the United States in the 15-team, 99-runner field.
Thompson, who lives in Knoxville and trains with University of Tennessee Head Coach J.J. Clark, covered the 8,000-meter course in 27 minutes, 54 seconds to forge a 59th-place finish for Team USA. The Americans tallied a combined score of 91 points to take fifth in the standings behind Ethiopia, Kenya, Japan and Australia.
During her career with the Big Orange, Dickie, as she was known then, was the first Lady Vol in the team.s annals to qualify four times for the NCAA Cross Country Championships and earn both All-SEC and NCAA All-Region acclaim in each of her four campaigns. She charted All-America distinction in 2000 with a 28th-place finish at the NCAA Championships and helped Tennessee win its first-ever NCAA South Regional in 2002 and qualify for the NCAA meet as a team for the first time in four years.
She was a standout on the track as well, earning All-America certificates in 2001 for an eighth-place NCAA Indoor finish and in 2003 for an identical placing at the NCAA Outdoor meet. She capped her career in the spring of 2003 by winning the SEC Outdoor title in the 5000 meters at UT.s Tom Black Track and later spent the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons as a graduate assistant on coach Clark.s staff.