Position
Middle Distance
Height
5'8
Class
Junior
Hometown
Clarendon, Jamaica
Previous School
Lindenwood Univ.
Major
General Studies
High School
Edwin Allen HS

Event: 800M (IN: 2:05.88; OUT: 2:02.64)

4-time All-American
NCAA Mideast Regional Champion
2-time SEC Champion
4-time All-SEC

CAREER CAPSULE
An 800-meter runner who finished her collegiate career as the No. 6-ranked performer all-time on LSU’s indoor and outdoor performance lists … Recorded collegiate bests of 2:05.88 indoors and 2:03.54 outdoors at LSU … Was an All-American in the half mile during her senior season with a career best eighth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … A three-time 800-meter qualifier at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Earned her best conference finishes with a fifth-place finish at the SEC Indoor meet in 2009 and a third-place finish at the SEC Outdoor meet in 2010 … A four-time All-American and four-time All-SEC performer in three seasons with the Lady Tigers.

2010
Earned three All-America honors during her senior season in 2010 … A member of LSU’s 4×400-meter relay team that reached All-America status during both the indoor and outdoor seasons … Ran the second leg on the team that finished as the national runner-up at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 3:33.79 … Also ran the third leg on the foursome that took third place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 3:30.61 … Also picked up her first career All-American selection in the 800 meters during the outdoor season … Scored one point for the Lady Tigers with an eighth-place finish in the 800-meter final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships while running 2:07.15 … Qualified for the national semifinal with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds with a time of 2:03.58 … Missed earning outdoor All-SEC honors by a split-second as she earned a third-place finish in the 800 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a time of 2:04.65 in the conference final … Scored a total of eight points at the conference meet to help the Lady Tigers win their third SEC Outdoor team championship in four seasons … Recorded a seasonal best of 2:03.54 in a fourth-place finish at the LSU Alumni Gold … Competed in the 800 meters in three meets for the indoor season … Scored two points with a seventh-place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships (2:08.60) … Also recorded NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 800 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (2:07.06) and Tyson Invitational (2:07.07) … A member of LSU’s school-record setting 4×800-meter relay team at the Penn Relays … Ran the second leg on the team that shattered the school record with a time of 8:19.77 to finish in second place in the Championship of America final … Teamed with Charlene Lipsey, Brittany Hall and LaTavia Thomas to eclipse the school record of 8:25.95 set back in 1987 by Jackie Bobien, Kathi Harris, Sylvia Brydson and Camille Cato.

2009
Showed tremendous improvement as an 800-meter runner during her junior season … Just missed earning All-America honors with a 10th-place finish in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships … Recorded a time of 2 minutes, 3.99 seconds in one of the fastest NCAA semifinals of all-time … Earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Outdoor meet following her seventh-place finish in the 800 meters at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships … Recorded an outdoor seasonal best of 2:03.64 to finish fourth in the 800 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Won the 800-meter title at the LSU Alumni Gold during the outdoor season with a time of 2:04.25 … Also competed in her specialty at the NCAA Indoor Championships … Earned a 15th-place finish with a time of 2:11.79 at the NCAA Indoor meet … Set a new indoor personal best of 2:05.88 to finish fifth in the 800 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships and qualify provisionally for the national meet … A member of the Lady Tigers’ 4×400-meter relay team throughout the 2009 season … Earned her first career All-America honor while running a 52.32-second split on the second leg to help the 4×400-meter relay team finish second at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Teamed with Brittany Hall, Samantha Henry and LaTavia Thomas to record a seasonal-best time of 3:28.82 in the national final … Also ran on the 4×400-meter relay team that swept titles at the SEC Outdoor Championships (3:34.11) and NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (3:31.53) during the outdoor season.

2008
A standout middle distance runner who helped the Lady Tigers form one of the nation’s deepest and most talented groups of 800-meter runners in 2008 … Was an NCAA Championship qualifier in her first year in the program … Finished in 26th place in the 800 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa … Recorded a time of 2 minutes, 13.67 seconds in the qualifying round at the national meet … Received an at-large bid to compete at the NCAA Championships following a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (2:09.55) … Earned all-conference honors with a second-place finish in the half mile at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Clocked a seasonal-best time of 2:04.82 in the SEC final … Her eight points helped the Lady Tigers win their second straight SEC Outdoor team title … Also ran the second leg of LSU’s 4×400-meter relay that won the SEC Outdoor crown with a time of 3:32.09 … Proved to be one of the SEC’s top middle distance runners during the indoor season as she finished fifth in the 800 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships, clocking a time of 2:08.45 in the final … The Lady Tigers won the team title at the SEC Indoor meet for the first time since 1999 … Her indoor seasonal best of 2:07.52 run at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational ranks No. 9 in school history … Won the 800-meter title in the Olympic Development division at the Tyson Invitational during the indoor season (2:07.59) … Ran the second leg of LSU’s 4×800-meter relay team that won the clocked the fourth-fastest time in school history at 8:30.98 to win the “Championship of America” title at the prestigious 114th Penn Relays … Also ran on the foursome that blew away the competition in winning the title at the Texas Relays with a time of 8:45.04.

PRIOR TO LSU
Signed with LSU as one of the premier 800-meter recruits in the world for the Class of 2007 … Was the first Jamaican to medal in the event at the IAAF World Junior Championships by winning bronze in Grosseto, Italy, in 2004 … Enjoyed further success on the international stage as she was the silver medalist at the 2003 Pan American Junior Championships while also winning a pair of silver medals at the Carifta Games in 2002 and 2003 … Also the Jamaican national junior record holder in the 800 meters after clocking a time of 2:02.64 to win a gold medal at the Jamaican National Junior Championships in 2005.

PERSONAL
Full name is Kayann Thompson … Born on Jan. 30, 1985 … Parents are Kennicks Thompson and Gloria Grant … Majoring in general studies.

 

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