Cierra Thompson’s progression through running track has been a dream come true for the former Southern Wayne Saint.
Thompson graduated from Southern Wayne in 2016, and is now a junior at Winston-Salem University.
“It’s really shocking,” Thompson said about her hard work paying off. “I never pictured it for myself really, but it’s really fun to see people reaching out and supporting.”
Thompson played basketball her first two years of high school, but she began to focus on track during her junior year. It didn’t take long for Thompson to make a name for herself on the track.
Thompson made history at Southern Wayne by becoming the first ever student, boy or girl, to make it to the state championships. She graduated from high school with a 4.5 GPA and was a four-time team MVP.
During her high school career, Thompson continued to improve her technique and her strength, which enabled her to take her talents to the next level and sign a letter of intent to run at Winston-Salem.
Once she arrived on campus, Thompson continued to blossom into a marquee student-athlete. She has no problem balancing her schoolwork with athletic responsibilities.
“I’ve always been the kind of person to be on top of things,” Thompson said.
In 2017 at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Indoor Track & Field Championship, Thompson ran the 200m dash in 26.22.
A nursing major, Thompson also had a pair of top-five finishes in the women’s 100-meter dash with a fourth-place finish at the 2017 CIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship with a time of 12.22.
“When I got to Winston-Salem is when I really started taking track seriously,” Thompson said. “My freshman year we went to nationals for the 4x1 and I never knew what that was like. It was a really big deal, so going to all these big meets it was a lot to take in.”
Currently, Thompson is CIAA Champion in the 100-meter dash and helped lead the Rams to back-to-back CIAA Championships.
Thompson’s focus and work ethic separate her from other runners. Last week, at the DII National Championships in Kingsville, Texas Thompson finished 15th out of 23 in the 100-meter dash.
“This year is probably my most successful year,” Thompson said. “I haven’t really had many injuries, I won the CIAA 100-meter dash, placed fourth in the 200, and our 4x1 got third in the conference championships.”
Heading into her senior season, Thompson has put together an impressive resume that will continue to grow, and will always look back fondly of her time at Southern Wayne.
“It was fun. I was just going out there and running,” Thompson said.