PEMBROKE – Having captured championship honors in the javelin throw for the second time in as many years, while also nabbing All-Peach Belt Conference laurels in one other event, in leading the UNC Pembroke men's track & field team to a fourth place finish at the PBC Championships on Saturday, senior Matthew Thompson has been named this week's UNCP Athlete of the Week, athletics department officials announced Tuesday.
Thompson, a Thurmont, Md., native, registered a throw of 53.10 meters in the javelin throw on Saturday to successfully defend the title he had won at last year's inaugural PBC Championships. His toss capped a grueling weekend that also saw him place second in the two-day men's decathlon – a grueling string of 10 track & field events.
Thompson logged 5,616 points in the decathlon and keyed his runner-up finish with wins in the javelin (49.05m), 1500m run (4:22.72) and the 400-meter dash (52.05), as well as second place tallies in the long jump (5.86m), high jump (1.80m) and the discus throw (27.69m).
A three-time all-conference honoree, Thompson joined the Braves last season after transferring from Shenandoah in Winchester, Va. He has 16 career top 10 finishes to his credit, including event championships in the javelin throw on four occasions.
Thompson is currently pursuing his master's degree at UNCP.
|2013-14 UNCP ATHLETES OF THE WEEK|
|April 8||Jaynell Brown||Track & Field||Click Here|
|April 1||Jordan DeLoatch||Baseball|
|March 25||Natalie Klemann||Softball|
|March 18||Daniel Ownbey||Wrestling||Click Here|
|March 11||Whitney Jackson||Softball||Click Here|
|March 4||Natalie Klemann||Softball||Click Here|
|February 25||Blaze Shade||Wrestling||Click Here|
|February 18||Kamile Horne||Basketball||Click Here|
|February 11||Selena Ashley||Softball||Click Here|
|February 4||Garrett Hickman||Baseball||Click Here|
|January 25||Ariana Jones||Track & Field||Click Here|
|January 18||Stuart Nadeau||Wrestling||Click Here|
|January 7||Brandon Winford||Basketball||Click Here|
|December 24||Jazmine Kemp||Basketball||Click Here|
|December 17||Kierra Haney||Basketball||Click Here|
|December 10||Daniel Ownbey||Wrestling||Click Here|
|December 3||Fred Williams||Football||Click Here|
|November 26||Brach Walker||Wrestling|
|November 19||Quamain Rose||Basketball||Click Here|
|November 12||Rontonio Stanley||Football||Click Here|
|November 5||Connor Haskins||Football||Click Here|
|October 29||Abby Culp||Cross Country||Click Here|
|October 22||Amber Watkins||Soccer||Click Here|
|October 15||Luke Charles||Football||Click Here|
|October 8||Shekinah-Joy Toloumu||Volleyball||Click Here|
|September 30||Kyndal Boykin||Cross Country|
|September 23||Joel Johnston||Cross Country|
|September 16||Luke Charles||Football|
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