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Githa Hampson

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Githa Spring Hampson (About this soundpronunciation  born March 6, 1970) is an American retired track and cross country runner. During her athletic career, she was team captain for the University of California, Los Angeles women's track and cross country teams.[1]

Hampson is from Ashland, Oregon[2] and started her athletic career in high school at Rogue River High School in Rogue River, Oregon.[3] In high school, she set the record of the 3000 metres woman's race at 10 minutes, 15 seconds.[4]

After graduating high school, Hampson was offered a scholarship to run at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, which she accepted.[5] After three months at Auburn, Hampson dropped out of school.[5] By December of that year, she moved back to Oregon to live with her family.[5] Hampson moved to Los Angeles with her sister, saying "I was such a serious runner in high school, I think that wigging out at Auburn was kind of a reaction to being so serious in high school."[5]

When Hampson was 22, she attended Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California, then later deciding to go to a four-year university.[6][7] She decided to go to the University of California, Los Angeles for her track and cross country running career.[5] When Hampson began running, she was surprised at the level of competition existing at the collegiate level, "She was shocked that even more was expected than she put out," her father Scott Hampson said.[5] Hampson struggled with her ability to run due to anemia, and a test reported that she had the lowest iron levels that her woman's cross country coach has ever seen, resulting in Hampson ordered to stop running for three weeks.[5]

Hampson became the team captain of the UCLA woman's track and cross country team, composed mainly of freshman college women. "I absolutely love these girls and I want to do everything I can to help them adjust and do well here", Hampson said. Her coach stated "From day one she looked like a different athlete to me than I had ever seen in the previous two, two-and-a-half years that she’d been here at UCLA".[5] Hampson received her Sociology degree from University of California, Los Angeles in 1996.[1] In 1997, Hampson retired from her athletic career, with her last cross country race at the District VIII race at the California State University, Fresno in Fresno, California.[1][8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Githa Hampson". Daily Bruin. Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles. 8 June 1997. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  2. "USC NORRIS CANCER CENTER TRADITIONAL TRACK MEET" (PDF). byucougars.com. Los Angeles: USC NORRIS CANCER CENTER. 6 May 1995. pp. 58, 63. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  3. Kayfes, Dave (8 November 1987). "Bend wins when sunset loses appeal: AAA boys settled by new ruling". Eugene Register-Guard. Eugene, Oregon. 121 (16): 3B. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  4. SILOW, FRANK (8 April 1998). "Rogue River star on pace for first state track crown". MailTribune.com. Retrieved 22 April 2016. Minard has her sights set on Githa Hampson's 3,000 school record of 10 minutes, 15 seconds.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Mazeika, Vytas (14 November 1996). "26 and still kicking". Daily Bruin. Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles.
  6. Karlin, Alex (13 October 1993). "Runners Set New Records During Irvine Invitational". Corsair. 68: 10. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  7. ORTEGA, JOHN (10 November 1993). "Glendale Doesn't Win or Place in No-Show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  8. Mazeika, Vytas (18 November 1996). "UCLA suffers upsets in final meets; NCAA chances slim". Daily Bruin. Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved 22 April 2016.

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