Thompson is a native of Knoxville, TN and a graduate of North Carolina State University. Thompson was an immediate contributor upon her arrival in Raleigh where she was an All-ACC performer as a freshman in both cross country and track. In her sophomore year on the track Thompson earned 2nd team All-American honors with her 11th place finish in the 10,000m run. Thompson continued that success in the fall of her junior year in cross country where she finished 36th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships to earn All-American honors. In her senior year she capped off her illustrious cross country career by improving on her finish as a junior to take 32nd place at the NCAA Championships and earn her 3rd All-American honor of her collegiate career. In her first fall as a ZAP athlete Joanna turned in an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying performance at the Philadelphia Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon of 1:14:08. She will make her marathon debut at the Olympic Trials on February 13th.
3-time NCAA All-American, 10,000m and 2 x Cross Country
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