April 23, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University women's track & field senior Melissa Thompson is putting the finishing touches on an outstanding four-year career with the Bobcats. A three-time All-MAC selection, Thompson will compete for Ohio in the 1500m in next month's MAC Outdoor Championships in Athens. The Westerville, Ohio, native, recently took some time to sit down with OhioBobcats.com and discuss her life on and off the track.
Why did you choose Ohio?
"I chose Ohio because of the journalism school. Once I was able to run it was the perfect combination for me. It is close to home, being from Columbus. Most of the meets would be somewhere that my parents could travel to so it was the ultimate combination for me."
What are three things you have to do before a meet?
"For indoor track, I have to have a neon pink headband with matching sports bra. Whenever I race I have to use the very first warm up gear that I used at the beginning of the season and I use it until I have a bad race. I also come up with a country songs playlist that I listen to during my warm-up."
What is your favorite song to listen to?
"This summer my favorite song was 'Come and Get It' by Selena Gomez."
What are your plans after graduation?
"I see myself ending up in Columbus or Seattle. My dream job is with a company called Oiselle. They are a running apparel line for women. Their motto is 'feminine fierce' and they make couture clothing for running. I would love to do social media marketing for them."
What is your favorite team memory?
"My freshman year we won the distance medley relay at indoor MAC Championships. We were ranked eighth going into the meet. We got to the meet and I was the mile leg and when I got the baton we were in third. I went out really fast and sat on second and then pushed to first. We were at Bowling Green and the indoor stadium went nuts with the Ohio cheer. My teammates were everywhere and it was so exciting. As cool as it is to win things individually, doing that with a team is amazing. Getting to do it my freshman year I've gotten a chance to repeat that."
How many medals would you say you have total?
"Probably 110 to 120."
Who is the funniest person on the team?
"Tessa Weigland. She is really quirky and always has a funny comment to say. She just kind of brings that humor in to running which is hard to do. I love being around her because she always makes us laugh."
Would you consider yourself a team motivator?
"I am a big part of motivating the team especially after we lost Ashley Waddington to graduation. She was so full of positivity and so when we lost her we needed someone to step up. So far I think everyone would say that I have stepped up as a motivator."
What is your favorite event to run?
"The mile. The mile will always have a special place in my heart. It has since high school. That particular event has really grown for me collegiately."
What would you want your team to say about you after you graduate?
"I would want them to say that I showed them that you can be a college student and a student athlete. It's hard to do both. With what we do and how we train we have the ability to be involved in other organizations and do things that will help them in their career. I want them to know that they can find a way to balance that and that they should because I think that it is important to experience all that college has to offer."