WHHS' Thomas coming into his own as runner

By BRIAN RICKERD State Journal Sports Writer Published:

There appears no doubt that Western Hills senior Jonathan Thomas has hit the stride long predicted by many who have watched his high school running career.

In other words, Thomas has made the segue from potential to extraordinary performance.

The evidence is on the track this spring where Thomas has personal records in both the mile (4:24) and 800 (2:00.9).

Those performances have attracted full scholarship offers from Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State, and a partial scholarship from the University of Kentucky.

Thomas' current hot streak comes on the heels of a runner-up finish in the state Class AA 1,600 last spring when Thomas ran 4:31.89, followed later that same afternoon with a third-place finish in the 800 in 2:02.32.

And then this fall Thomas was simply great in finishing third in a personal record 16:29 at the KHSAA State Cross Country Championships.

"Jonathan is running great," Western Hills coach Pam Andrews said. "I believe he is on top of his game."

Thomas said his state cross country run at the Kentucky Horse Park this fall was a big lift.

"It helped a lot, especially to come back from my junior year when I bonked at the state meet, as they call it," Thomas said. "I was pleased with cross country because I was training really hard a couple of weeks before school started, and then I got hurt at a camp in Louisville and went from running peak mileage to about 10 minutes a day. And to be able to come back at the end of the season and PR - I was pleased with it."

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