Year elected to Husky Hall of Fame: 2006
Was a member of the track and field team from 1995-98. Known as Aretha Hill during a prolific career at Washington, she set Washington, Pac-10 Conference, and American collegiate records in the discus, and was a four-time NCAA All-American. For must of the past decade, Thurmond has been America's pre-eminent women's discus competitor, earning top-five finished at the USA Championships every year since 1996, including back-to-back U.S. crowns in 2003 and 2004.
Thurmond has twice represented the United States at the Olympic Games, and was the gold medalist at the 2003 Pan Am Games. She has ranked among the top-10 in the IAAF's World Rankings in each of the past four seasons, including a final ranking of No. 6 in 2005.
Thurmond's lifetime best of 216 feet, 1 inch ranks third in U.S. history, while her collegiate best of 215-3 is a Pac-10 record, and the second-best ever by a U.S. collegian.