Thomas signs with Kentucky

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

The last time Jonathan Thomas ran on the University of Kentucky track, he crossed the finish line as a state champion in the Class AA 1,600-meter run for Western Hills.

The next time he steps on that same track, he'll be a Kentucky Wildcat.

"It was very symbolic," Thomas said of the state meet back in June when he won his first state title in the final race of his high school career. "When I crossed that finish line, it ended one career and I started another all at the same time."

Thomas recently signed with Kentucky to run track and cross country. He excelled at both sports at Western Hills, finishing in the top three in Class AA in cross country as a senior, to go along with his 1,600-meter track title, as well as several regional championships.

"He's one of the best runners I've ever coached," said Pam Andrews, Thomas' most recent coach at WHHS.

Thomas is also the second male track athlete from Western Hills to sign a Division I scholarship, the other being, Eric Cockley, who has become a standout pole vaulter at the University of Louisville.

Long before Thomas steps onto the outdoor track at UK again, he'll first step onto the cross country course. That's were he might very well make the biggest impact early on.

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