Arkansas State Statement on Death of Student Athlete

JONESBORO, AR (News release) - Arkansas State University student Thomas Ligon died this morning in his hometown of Ozark, Mo. Civil authorities in Ozark, Mo., confirmed his passing. A senior nursing major, Ligon was a member of the A-State Red Wolves track and field team, Student Government Association and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Several student life organizations with which Ligon was associated are planning memorial events.

“The A-State Athletics family extends our deepest sympathies to Thomas’ family and his friends, teammates and classmates,” Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir said today. 

“Thomas is going to be missed,” said Arkansas State Head Track and Field Coach Jim Patchell. “He was not only a valuable member of our team, but a great person. Our heart goes out to his family during this difficult time.” 

For those grieving, Arkansas State students are reminded that counseling is available through the Arkansas State Counseling Center located in the second floor of the Reng Student Union; phone (870) 972-2318.

Thomas Ligon Bio Courtesy: ArkansasState

2010-11: Placed ninth at the SBC Indoor Championships in the heptathlon with 4,433 points...during indoor season, had scored a season-best 4,503 points in the heptathlon Feb. 10 at the Iowa State the ISC, had season-best times of 7.61 in the 60 meters, 2:53.49 in the 1,000 meters, jumped 1.74m in the high jump, and threw 13.50m in the shot put...jumped a season-best of 3.80m in the pole vault at the SBC Indoors, posted season-bests at the Arkansas State Kickoff Klassic in the 55 meters with a time of 6.93, and in the long jump with a jump of 6.48m...posted season-bests of 2:10.56 in the 800 meters, and 13.65m in the triple jump.

High School: A four-time all-conference and all-district selection at Ozark (Mo.) High School ... Earned all-state honors and a qualified for state meet all four years ... Finished second in triple jump, second in discus, eighth in long jump, and ninth in the shot put at state meet ... Graduated summa cum laude with a perfect 4.0 GPA ... Competed in basketball and was an all-district and all-conference honoree in football.

Personal: Born in Springfield, Mo. ... Parents are Don and Bobbie Ligon.

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