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Joshua Thompson
Position: Hurdles
Height: 5'11"
Class: Senior
Experience: 3 Letters
City/State: Steubenville, Ohio
High School: Steubenville HS
Other College: Pittsburgh
Major: Sociology
Born: 01/16/1993
Joshua Thompson Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 07/05/2015

Events: 100M (10.54w), 60H (7.73), 110H (13.34w/13.55)

2-time All-American
2-time All-SEC

CAREER CAPSULE
Wrapped up his career as one of the top-ranked sprint hurdlers in the history of the LSU Track & Field program … Ranked No. 4 on LSU’s all-time performance list during both the indoor and outdoor seasons with personal-best times of 7.73 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and 13.55 in the 110-meter hurdles … An All-SEC and All-American hurdler during his senior season outdoors in 2015 … Was the SEC Outdoor Silver Medalist in the 110-meter hurdles while clocking his wind-legal PR of 13.55 in the conference final in 2015 … Placed fourth nationally in the final of the 110 hurdles at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships to earn his first career All-America honor in the event … Also an All-SEC and All-America performer as the leadoff leg of LSU’s 4x100-meter relay in his senior season.

2015
Ended his collegiate career with an All-American senior season in 2015 … One of the NCAA’s leading sprint hurdlers in his final season with the Tigers … Just missed the medal podium with an All-American fourth-place finish in the final of the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held at Oregon’s Hayward Field … Raced to a career-best wind-aided time of 13.34 (+3.9) in the national final to win his first career All-America honor in the event … Clocked a wind-legal 13.66 (+0.3) to automatically advance to the national final with a runner-up finish in his semifinal heat at the NCAA Championships … Also earned All-America honors as a member of LSU’s 4x100-meter relay team during the outdoor season … Led off the Tigers to a bronze-medal-winning third-place finish at the NCAA Championships while running a seasonal best of 38.62 in the national final … LSU’s seasonal-best time of 38.62 was the sixth-fastest in school history … Clocked 13.74 (-1.4) for fifth place in the 110 hurdles and 39.25 for second place in the 4x100 relay in the quarterfinal round at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville … Advanced to the national quarterfinal of the 110-meter hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.71 (+2.3) in the first round of qualifying at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … An All-SEC performer in the 4x100-meter relay at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Mississippi State’s Mike Sanders Track Complex … Led off the Tigers to a run of 38.78 for second-place at the conference meet … Nearly earned All-SEC honors in the 110 hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.55 (+1.9) for fourth place in the final at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Became the No. 4-ranked hurdler on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list with his personal best of 13.55 … Clocked a wind-aided 13.54 (+3.6) to qualify for the SEC final as the second-fastest hurdler in the preliminary round … Won a pair of 110-meter hurdle titles during his senior season at the Louisiana Classics (13.94) and LSU Invitational (13.80) … Finished runner-up at the Texas Relays (13.68) and LSU Alumni Gold (13.77) … Placed third in the 110 hurdles at both the Jim Click Shootout (14.07) and Penn Relays (13.93) … Was the SEC Indoor Silver Medalist in the 60-meter hurdles at the SEC Indoor Championships held at Kentucky’s Nutter Field House … Earned his first career All-SEC honor after running 7.77 in the preliminary round and matching his personal best of 7.73 for second place in the final at the SEC Indoor Championships … Ranked No. 4 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list with his PR of 7.73 … Qualified to run the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the first time in his collegiate career with the Tigers … Committed a false start in the qualifying round at the NCAA Championships … Won three titles in the 60 hurdles during the indoor season at the LSU Indoor Invitational (7.94), Auburn Indoor Invitational (7.90) and Tyson Invitational (7.73) … Finished runner-up at the New Mexico Classic (7.85) and LSU Twilight (8.01) in the 60-meter hurdles … Placed fourth at the Razorback Invitational with a time of 7.94 and sixth at the Rod McCravy Memorial with a time of 7.95 … Followed the collegiate season by running the 110-meter hurdles at the USA Track & Field Championships at Oregon’s Hayward Field … Nearly matched his wind-legal PR with a run of 13.56 (+0.8) for seventh place in the first round of qualifying at the USATF Championships … Ended the event in 15th place in the semifinal round with a time of 13.75 (+0.7).

2014
An NCAA semifinalist in the 110-meter hurdles during the 2014 outdoor season … Earned a 21st place finish with a time of 14.22 (+0.0) in the national semifinal at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held at Hayward Field … Also ran the leadoff leg for the Tigers in the national semifinals of the 4x100-meter relay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, clocking 38.85 for the third-fastest time in qualifying to advance to the NCAA final in the event … Advanced to the NCAA semifinals in the 110 hurdles for the first time in his collegiate career after racing to a wind-legal personal best of 13.77 (+0.2) for ninth place overall in the quarterfinal round at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida … Clocked a wind-legal 13.86 (+0.6) for 11th place in the first round of qualifying at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds for his second-fastest time of the outdoor season … Just missed earning a spot in the final of the 110 hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships after running 14.03 (+0.9) for ninth place in the preliminary round … Won the 110-meter hurdles at the Battle on the Bayou with a time of 13.91 (+1.6) … Earned third-place finishes in the event at the LSU Alumni Gold (13.88w) and LSU Invitational (13.91w) during the outdoor season … Placed sixth in the 110 hurdles at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational (14.42) and Penn Relays (14.03) … Opened his outdoor season by earning a 13th-place finish at the Texas Relays with a time of 14.19 (+0.5) in qualifying … Also just missed advancing to the SEC Indoor final in the 60-meter hurdles with a run of 7.99 for 10th place overall in qualifying … Clocked an indoor seasonal best of 7.84 in the final of the 60 hurdles for a runner-up finish at the Aggie Invitational after running 7.91 in the prelims … Seasonal best of 7.84 was the No. 6-ranked time on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the event … Won the 60-meter hurdles at the LSU Twilight with times of 7.94 in qualifying and 7.87 in the final … Opened the indoor season by running 7.86 for fourth place at the Auburn Indoor Invitational … Followed with a runner-up finish at the Texas A&M Triangular with a time of 8.10 … Clocked an altitude-adjusted 7.88 in qualifying and 7.89 in the final in a third-place finish at the New Mexico Team Invitational … Earned sixth place at the Tyson Invitational with runs of 7.95 in the first round, 7.98 in the semifinals and 8.00 in the final.

2013
One of the SEC’s premier sprint hurdlers during the 2013 season … A finalist in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas … Scored three points for the Tigers with a sixth-place finish in the 60 hurdles at the SEC Indoor meet while running 8.01 in the final … Matched his seasonal best of 7.89 for the fifth-fastest time in the qualifying round at the SEC Indoor Championships … First ran his seasonal best of 7.89 in a fourth-place finish at the Razorback Invitational to rank No. 7 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the event … Opened the 2013 season with a runner-up finish in the 60 hurdles at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener, running 8.04 in the prelims and 8.02 in the final … Followed with a runner-up finish at the Texas A&M Triangular with a time of 7.95 … Raced to a time of 7.92 for a seventh-place finish at the Tyson Invitational … Also placed seventh in the consolation final at the Armory College Invitational with a run of 8.11 … Took second place in his first outdoor race of 2013 with a top wind-aided time of 14.23 (+2.9) at the LSU Relays … Ran a seasonal-best wind-legal time of 14.29 (+2.0) in a 17th-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays during the outdoor season … Was the top collegian in the 110 hurdles at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational (14.32) … Earned a 10th-place finish in the event at the SEC Outdoor Championships with his qualifying run of 14.46 (+1.3) … Placed fifth in the 110 hurdles (14.48) and eighth in the 200 meters (21.60) at the Battle on the Bayou.

PRIOR TO LSU
Transferred to LSU for the 2013 spring semester following his freshman season at the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 … A talented hurdler who emerged as one of the world’s leading junior prospects with his performance at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships held in Barcelona, Spain … Earned a ninth-place finish in the men’s junior 110-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Junior Championships after running 13.71 for a fourth-place finish in the third semifinal heat … Captured the USA Junior Championships silver medal in the event after running a personal best of 13.59 (-1.8) in the national final … Earned the right to represent the United States at the IAAF World Junior Championships with his runner-up finish at the USA Junior Championships held in Bloomington, Indiana … An NCAA Championships semifinalist in the 110-meter hurdles as a freshman at Pittsburgh … Finished in 22nd place nationally in the semifinal round at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships … Qualified for the national semifinals with a 12th-place finish in the quarterfinal round at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Jacksonville, Florida … Set a wind-legal PR of 13.80 (+2.0) in the senior hurdles in the first round of qualifying at the NCAA East Prelims … Advanced to the NCAA semifinals after running a wind-legal 13.87 (+0.8) in the quarterfinal round … Was also the seventh-place finisher in the event at the 2012 Big East Outdoor Championships during his freshman season … Helped lead Pittsburgh to a Big East title in the 4x100-meter relay while leading off the club that ran a winning time of 40.42 … Set a career-best wind-aided time of 10.54 (+2.5) in the 100-meter dash in the qualifying round at the Big East Championships … Also ran the 110 hurdles in such meets as the Texas Relays and Sea Ray Relays during the 2012 outdoor season … Was the Big East Bronze Medalist in the 60-meter hurdles during the 2012 indoor season … Clocked a personal best of 7.79 in the hurdle final at the 2012 Big East Indoor Championships … Added a third-place finish in the 60 hurdles with a run of 7.85 at the Spire Invitational during the 2012 indoor season … Earned two 60-meter hurdle titles at the Alabama High Tide Qualifier (7.88) and Penn State Nittany Lion Challenge (8.01) as a freshman … A standout at Steubenville High School in Steubenville, Ohio, in his prep career … Crowned the Ohio state champion in the boy’s 110 hurdles during his senior season.

PERSONAL
Full name is Joshua Glenn Thompson … Born on Jan. 16, 1993 … Son of Chris and Tammy Thompson … Has two brothers, Brenton and Justin, and one sister, Shayla … Majoring in sociology.

 

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