Metter native Haley Thompson of Truett McConnell University competed at the Appalachian Athletic Conference Track and Field Championship on April 22-23 at Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C.
Thompson helped Truett McConnell to their best ever conference finish, placing 5th of 15 conference teams behind Brenau, Columbia, Milligan and Columbia International. The men’s team placed a historical best conference runner-up finish.
Thompson, who set school records in five events during the past two years, earned 12 individual points of her team’s 70 points in the conference finals.
Thompson set personal records in three events at the conference finals, placing 4th in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:08.06, 4th in the high jump with a mark of 1.52 meters and 7th in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.19.
Thompson set school records for Truett McConnell during the past three years in the 60 meter hurdles, the 100 meter hurdles, the 400 meter hurdles, the high jump and the 4 by 400 meter relays.
Thompson is serving her third year as captain of her track team. She was previously awarded the prestigious TMU Bear Award and Champions of Character Award for her track team efforts.
Truett McConnell is a private Christian college of the Georgia Baptist Association and is located in Cleveland. Thompson, who majors in pre-med biology, is a 2018 graduate of Pinewood Christian Academy and the daughter of Tony and Dena Thompson.