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Illustration Student Wins Gold at World University Games

news_2013-07_Art_02_01_vashti_thomas_goldAfter helping her teammates win indoor and outdoor national championships in track and field, Academy of Art University artist-athlete Vashti Thomas captured a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2013 World University Games (WUG) held in Kazan, Russia where she competed against student athletes from 162 different nations. Vashti set both a WUG record and an NCAA Division II record in the process.


Vashti, a School of Illustration BFA student, ran a wind-legal 12.61 in the finals to earn gold for Team USA. She bested Belarus’ Alina Talay (12.78) and Jamaica’s Danielle Williams (12.84).


“My mindset was just to stay focused and execute my race,” Vashti said after her win.


“What a moment! It’s amazing how in this sport so many things can change in just 12 seconds,” said Academy of Art University’s Track & Field Coach Charles Ryan. “One of the best things about Vashti is that she is well aware of what her success represents. When she crossed the line as the WUG champion and new record holder, it was the ‘Circle A’ [hand sign, denoting the Academy’s symbol] that she flashed for the camera. She continues to represent us all and the work we’re doing here so well.”


Learn more about Vashti Thomas at the official website of Academy of Art University Athletics.

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