Valerie Spencer-Thompson

Valerie Spencer-ThompsonAthlete • Inducted 2008

Valerie Spencer-Thompson was a five-time NJCAA All-American in cross country, indoor and outdoor track field, while leading her teams to five top-10 national finishes, including three in the top 5, two region titles, and three conference championships. Spencer-Thompson earned her first All-America honor in the 1994 cross country season, placing 13th nationally, leading JCCC to a third-place finish. She also earned All-East Jayhawk Conference and All-Region VI accolades that season. During the 1995 indoor track campaign, Spencer earned All-American in the 5,000 meters and 3,000 meters, placing second and fourth respectively. She also was the region indoor champion in the 3,000 meters, and placed second in the 5,000 meters, earning All-Region honors. Outdoors that season, Spencer-Thompson set a school record in the 10,000 meters, won national and region championships in the 10,000, and was conference champion in the 5,000 meters. In addition to her All-American honor in the 10,000, Spencer also raced to a sixth-place finish outdoors in the 3,000 meters which earned her All-America accolades as well. She is one of only nine JCCC female track athletes to win a national outdoor championship, and was the first to win a title on the track. Her effort earned her team MVP honors following her sophomore campaign. As a freshman, Spencer-Thompson earned All-Region indoors in the 3,000 meters, placing third overall. She also earned All-Region during the outdoor campaign in the 10,000, placing fifth overall. She also was the East Jayhawk Conference 10,000 meter champion during the 1994 outdoor season, and placed third in the 5,000 meters, which earned her all-conference accolades. Off the track, Spencer-Thompson was part of JCCC Academic National Championship team and earned Dean’s Honor Roll and the team’s top academic performer award. Spencer-Thompson continued her career at Oklahoma State University and Kansas State University. She ran both cross country and track for both schools. Her junior year at Oklahoma State, Spencer-Thompson raced to a 47th-place finish at the Big 8 Cross Country Championship. As a senior at KSU, she posted a ninth-place effort in the 10,0000 meters at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship. Spencer-Thompson earned her degree from Kansas State University in dietetics.