Rose Chepyator-Thomson (1994)

Cross Country & Track

  • The native of Singore, Kenya, began her UW running career at age 25 (having already given birth to two children)
  • An 11-time All-American in indoor and outdoor track and cross country (1979-83)
  • Won the national championship in the 1,500-meter run outdoors (4:18.78) in 1982 and was a member of the school’s national champion two-mile relay in 1983
  • Three-time (1979-81) Big Ten cross country champion
  • Earned three All-American awards (1979-81) in cross country with a best finish of third place in 1981
  • Six-time Big Ten champion (three as an individual and three on relays)
  • Recipient of the 1983 Big Ten Medal of Honor for proficiency in academics and athletics
  • Received a 1983 NCAA Post-graduate Scholarship
  • Set national Kenyan records in the 1,500 and 3,000-meter runs while competing at UW
  • Former African record holder in the 3,000-meter run
  • Set Wisconsin records in the 1,500 meters, mile and 3,000 meters
  • Completed two Master’s Degrees (physical education and education & policy studies) and a PhD (physical education) from Wisconsin