Thornton Academy Girls Track & Field has long been regarded as one of the best programs in the state. The school has seen some outstanding talent on the many state championship teams over the years. However, there is one student-athlete that stands above the rest in the number of individual titles won, and that is Jennifer Pierpont of the class of 2006.
Jenny is the most decorated track & field athlete to ever run, jump, or throw for Thornton Academy. She earned 14 individual state championship titles and was part of two state championship relays. In 2006, Jenny set the state indoor record in the 200-meter dash. In that same meet, Jenny captured the state 55-meter dash title for the fourth consecutive year.
When competing in the SMAA conference championships, Jenny won 15 individual event titles and three relay titles over her four year career. She was named an SMAA All-Star nine times throughout the indoor and outdoor season. Jenny set eight individual school records and an additional one as part of the 4x100 meter relay team. She still holds the school record in the 55-meter dash. Her Expo, SMAA, and TA record in the 40-yard dash will stand for eternity as that event was retired when the SMAA left the Portland Exposition building.
Jenny received many awards during her career. One of the most notable being the Angie Abraham Award given to the most outstanding senior at the league champion-ship meet. She was also awarded the 2006 Jeddy Newman Scholar-Athlete Scholarship at the TA Athletic Booster’s All-Sports Night.
Jenny helped her indoor team win the state championship both her junior and senior years. Her outdoor track & field teams won the conference championship all four years, and the state championship her junior and senior year.
Jenny’s coach, Carl Smith, says that her work ethic was one of the best he’s seen in his more than 20-year coaching career. He remembers her as an athlete that refused to lose.
Coach Smith has vivid memories of the two goals Jenny set going into her senior year: The first was to break the 40-yard dash record in the Expo and the second was to run the 100-yard dash in 11.42 seconds or less in order to earn a full scholarship to Division I University of Maine. Jenny achieved both of those goals due to her determination and desire to be the best she could be.
Jenny graduated from the University of Maine in 2011 with a degree in child development and family relations. She currently lives in Gorham and works at Aetna as a Senior Service Advocate in Portland.