Andrea Thornton is a two-time All-American Cougar thrower who joins the Washington State Track & Field coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2004 season.
Thornton came to Washington State after a stellar career at Shelton High in Shelton, Washington. During her four years at WSU, Thornton set the school hammer record and still holds it with a toss of 195-feet even in 2001. In WSU all-time top marks, Thornton's indoor 20-pound weight throw of 61-4 1/4 is second, shot put mark of 49-1 3/4 is third, and discus mark of 172-1 is fourth in school history.
At the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships at Eugene, Oregon, Thornton threw the discus 168-8 for eighth place, and placed 11th in the hammer throw with a throw of 192-10, both earning All-America honors. Her previous NCAA participation came in 2000 with a 19th place finish in the hammer. In Pac-10 Conference Championship meets, Thornton grabbed a third place finish in the discus and fourth place finish in the hammer in 2001, an eighth in the shot put in 2000, and sixth place in the hammer in 1999.
She was selected the WSU Student-Athlete Advisory Council 2001 Female Athlete of the Year. Thornton earned her bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with a minor in strength training in 2001. She is a certified strength and conditioning coach and worked in WSU Athletics Physical Development after graduation.
Thornton is continuing to compete at the national level. At the USA National Track & Field Championships last summer, Thornton placed 11th in the discus with a throw of 172-11, and 12th in the hammer with a toss of 196-7.