Kennedy Thomson - Women's Cross Country - Arkansas Razorbacks

Kennedy Thomson

R-Sr. | 5-9 | Distance | Thorold, Canada | Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School/Tennessee-Chattanooga

Career Highlights

  • First-team All-America | Indoor (1)
  • 2021 NCAA Indoor Bronze | 1,500m
  • 2020 SEC Indoor Champion | Distance medley relay

Senior (2020-21)
Outdoor: Competed in the Canadian Olympic Trials, placed fifth in the 1,500m (4:22.25) … Set PR in 1,500m twice during season, opening with a 4:19.09 for fifth in Invitational section at Hayward Premiere in Eugene … Improved her time to 4:12.28 as runner-up in Florida’s Tom Jones Memorial, which ranks No. 7 on Arkansas all-time list … Finished fifth in 1,500m (4:18.99) at SEC Championships … Placed 17th in 1,500m (4:17.51) at NCAA West Preliminary round … Also bettered her career best in 800m twice, starting with a 2:05.42 for third at Hayward Premiere … Then clocked 2:05.37 for sixth at Jones Memorial, which ranks No. 12 on UA all-time list … Placed third in 800m (2:06.40) at Fresno State’s West Coast Relays in Clovis, Calif.

Indoor: Bronze medalist in mile at NCAA Championships with a career best of 4:33.95, which ranks No. 6 on Arkansas all-time indoor list … Established career best times over three separate distances … Won 1,000m in 2:46.79 at Arkansas Invitational … Runner-up in 800m with a 2:05.62 at Razorback Invitational, which is No. 8 on UA all-time list … Improved mile PR four times, starting with a 4:41.48 as runner-up in Wooo Pig Classic … Won Arkansas Qualifier in 4:39.19 … Then improved to 4:38.88 during NCAA prelim … Finished ninth in mile (4:45.43) at SEC Championships … Ran opening leg (3:22.98 split for 1,200m) on distance medley relay which won at Tyson Invitational in 10:53.77, No. 2 on UA all-time list.

Cross Country: Seventh finisher among Razorbacks in NCAA Championships, placing 193rd (22:22.3) as Arkansas finished 10th in team scoring … Placed 25th in SEC Championships with a time of 20:51.6 on 6,000m course in Baton Rouge as Arkansas claimed an eighth consecutive SEC title … Placed 13th in SEC Preview at LSU to open season in her debut race with cross country team, finishing seventh among Razorbacks … Set a personal best of 17:47.0 on the 5k course, improving her previous best of 18:03.3 … Also finished seventh among squad and eighth overall at Missouri’s Gans Creek Classic, producing a personal best of 20:40.5 on the 6k course, improving her previous best of 22:27.7 … Did not finish race at UAB Blazer Classic.

Junior (2020)
Indoor: Ran on winning distance medley relay (11:19.51) during SEC Indoor Championships, splitting 2:10.15 on 800m leg … Finished seventh in the 800m at SEC Indoor meet with a time of 2:10.07 after setting an indoor career best of 2:08.50 in the prelims … Also ran 9:40.74 in placing 16th in the 3,000m at conference … Established a career best of 4:49.00 in the mile, placing 27th overall at Husky Classic … Won 1,000m in best of 2:47.79 at Arkansas Invitational … Finished third in 800m with a then indoor best of 2:09.04 at Arkansas Qualifier … Opened indoor season running unattached in 3,000m at Boston University in December, posting a career best of 9:39.56 to place eighth in 3,000m.

At Tennessee-Chattanooga (2017-2018)
Earned all-conference in the 800-meter run with a third-place finish at the Southern Conference Championships … Broke the school record in the 800-meter at the Southern Conference Championships after breaking it earlier in the season at the Bulldog Open … Broke a 13-year-old school record (set by All-American Shannon Wommack at 2006 SoCon Championships).

  • Three-time school record holder (indoor mile, indoor 800m, outdoor 800m)
  • Southern Conference Runner of the Week: March 2019
  • Four-time All-SoCon
  • Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List, Chief Analyst of the Year 2019 (SMILE Fund Investments- Equity Research)

High School
Member of the 2016 SOSSA 4x400m championship relay team … six-time SOSSA track champion … two-time SOSSA cross country champion … eight-time Zone IV track champion … Zone IV 1500 meter record holder … placed third in the 800-meters and the 1500 meter at the 2016 Athletics Ontario Indoor Championships … competed in the 2016 New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City … played fourth in the 800-meters at the 2015 Ontario Indoor Track Championships … finished sixth in the 800-meters at the 2015 Ontario Outdoor Track Championships … competed in the 800-meter final at the 2016 OFSAA … ran in the 800-meters and 1500 meter finals at the 2015 OFSAA Championships … placed 17th at the 2014 OFSAA Cross Country Championships … member of the rowing team … two-time Canadian Indoor Rowing champion … two-time Ontario Indoor Rowing champion … earned a Top 10 finish at the 2015 Head of the Charles River Regatta in Boston – world’s largest two-day rowing event … named to the school’s Honor Roll each semester … Gold Medallion recipient for academic achievement … member of the Sir Winston Churchill Student Council … represented SWC at the District Board of Niagara Student Senate … head of the SWC Stewards.

Kennedy Lee Thomson … born October 2, 1998 in Oakville, Ontario … daughter of Penny Palmer and Ken Thomson … is the youngest sibling to Jessica, Jared, Rebecca, and Emily … father Ken was a medalist in the 800m at the 1973 OFSAA Championships … Emily is a member of the Washington State University rowing team … Jared played hockey and ran cross country for Queen’s University … Majoring in Accounting.

Kennedy Thomson | Career Stats

Career best marks


  • 800m | 2:05.62
  • 1,000m | 2:46.79
  • Mile | 4:33.95
  • 3,000m | 9:39.56


  • 800m | 2:05.37
  • 1,500m | 4:12.38