Liz Heaston

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Elizabeth "Liz" Heaston
Willamette Bearcats – No. 39[1]
PositionPlacekicker
ClassGraduate
MajorBiology
Career history
College
High schoolRichland
Personal information
Born:1977 (age 41–42)
Richland (WA)
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight120 lb (54 kg)
Career highlights and awards
  • First woman to play and score in college football

Elizabeth Heaston Thompson (born 1977) is an American athlete who is the first woman ever to score in a college football game. She accomplished this feat on October 18, 1997 as a placekicker for the Willamette Bearcats football team of Willamette University, which then competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for small colleges.[2] She also played women's soccer for Willamette. Heaston's accomplishment was widely noted by the media and the sports community.

Life[edit]

Heaston was raised in Richland, Washington. After graduating she enrolled at Willamette University, where she became a star soccer player, earning All-American honorable mention in 1996 and 1997.[3] In 1997 she joined the football team as a backup placekicker. She became the first woman to play and score points in a college football game during a match between Willamette and Linfield College on October 18, 1997. The 5-foot-5-inch, 120-pound soccer player entered the game as a replacement kicker for Willamette and kicked two extra points as her team won 27-0.[3] The accomplishment resulted in interviews with The Today Show and CBS This Morning.[4]

Heaston's football career lasted two games; she made two of four extra point attempts.[5][6] Her jersey hangs on display at the College Football Hall of Fame.[7]

The following year Heaston played only soccer at Willamette, and graduated with a biology degree in 1999.[3] She attended graduate school at Pacific University where she earned a doctorate in optometry and met her husband Trent Thompson.[3] She has one daughter, Isabella, and a son and lives and works in her hometown of Richland, Washington, where she works at her father's optometry office along with her husband.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trimble, Jamie (August 20, 2007). "Alumni Spotlight: Liz Heaston '99 Gets Kicks in more than One Sport". Willamette University Athletics. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  2. ^ Woolum, Janet (1998). Outstanding women athletes: who they are and how they influenced sports in America. Oryx Press. p. 33. ISBN 1-57356-120-7.
  3. ^ a b c d e Timbrell, Jamie (August 20, 2007). "Alumni Spotlight: Liz Heaston'99 Gets Kicks in more than One Sport". Willamette University. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  4. ^ Rios, Camila (October 12, 2018). "Local woman makes college football history in 1997". NZBC News Right Now-KNDU 25. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Interview with Bob Ley". ESPN.com.
  6. ^ "Woman Kicks Extra Points". The New York Times. October 20, 1997. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  7. ^ "College Football Week 7: In the Spotlight". Los Angeles Times. October 18, 1998. Retrieved March 9, 2012.

External links[edit]