Jamaican Debbie Parris-Thymes has been inducted into the Louisianna State University’S (LSU) Athletic Hall of Fame.
The two-time Olympian was today named by the school as a member of the 2017 LSU Athletic Hall of Fame induction class and will be formally enshrined on Friday in the L’Auberge Baton Rouge Events Center.
The Trelawny native was a five-time NCAA Champion, five-time SEC Champion and eight-time All-American on the track at the prestigious LSU, the premier women’s track and field program in the NCAA.
In her two seasons at LSU, she won back-to-back NCAA national titles in the 400-metre hurdles in 1993 and 1994 and was part of four NCAA Championship teams.
A top relay runner throughout her career at both the collegiate and professional level, Parris-Thymes showed her range by leading off LSU’s NCAA-title-winning 4×100-meter relay team both years and was also a key member of the 4x400m national title-winning team in 1993.
She is the only woman in the history of the LSU program to win multiple NCAA national titles in the 400m hurdles and one of only four Lady Tigers to win the national title in the event, her compatriot Nickiesha Wilson (2008) one of them.
She would later become part of the historic Jamaican 4x400m relay team that won the country’s first ever 400m relay World Championship title in 2001. It was the crowning achievement of a very good professional career that saw her make three World finals in the hurdles.
She represented Jamaica in two Olympic Games, finishing just off the podium in fourth in the 400m hurdles at the Atlanta Games in 1996.
Parris-Thymes, who also won CARIFTA Long Jump and CAC 400m hurdles titles, successfully transitioned from top athlete to a top coach at LSU, quietly making a significant impact, especially in assisting several Jamaican athletes.
The LSU Lady Tigers track and field program is well coveted. It has won more NCAA championships than any other school in history.
The Lady Tigers have won a total of 25 NCAA championships (11 indoor, 14 outdoor). The closest school is Texas with 10 total championships. In the late 1980s and 1990s they won an unprecedented 11 straight NCAA outdoor championships, the most consecutive NCAA titles by a women’s team in any NCAA sport
In the late 1980s and 1990s they won an unprecedented 11 straight NCAA outdoor championships, the most consecutive NCAA titles by a women’s team in any NCAA sport.