Class A track: Thomson shatters 2 state records for Holy Cross championships

mmaloney@herald-leader.comMay 18, 2013 

Jacob Thomson of Louisville Holy Cross cemented his name in Kentucky track and field lore Saturday with a record-setting performance in the 1,600, then matched that in the 3,200. (Mark Maloney photo)

LOUISVILLE — Ah, the magic of the (metric) mile.

Jacob Thomson of Louisville Holy Cross cemented his name in Kentucky track and field lore Saturday with a record-setting performance in the 1,600, then matched that in the 3,200.

Danville's Meagan Smith swept the same events in the girls' portion of the Class A State Track and Field Meet at the University of Louisville's Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.

Team titles went to Fort Campbell's boys, 78-55½ over St. Henry, and St. Henry's girls with 130¼ to Newport Central Catholic's 78.

Thomson wows 'em

Thomson, who will run for North Carolina State next season, led wire-to-wire and virtually by himself en route to his victories.

First came the 1,600, where he lowered his year-old all-class State record from 4:10.80 to 4:09.99 and won by more than 15 seconds.

Then, he knocked legendary Bobby Curtis from the all-class record book with a 9:07.17 victory in the 3,200, winning by nearly 30 seconds. Curtis ran 9:12.19 in 2003.

"I guess (my feelings are) a little sigh of relief more than accomplishment. I knew I was very capable of running those times," Thomson said. "I've run faster than both of those in the regular season. But to have the State Meet record, you've got to do it at the State Meet.

"I kind of planned for it. I wanted to go sub-nine in the two-mile, but I just didn't have it today. But overall, walking away with not just two Class A records but overall state records, I think it's a pretty big accomplishment."

Five laps through the eight-lap 3,200, the public-address announcer urged the crowd to help Thomson out. He then raised his arms to encourage the crowd.

"It's a pretty unique feeling coming down the homestretch and you've got the whole stands on their feet clapping. When you're out there, especially when you're kind of pushing yourself, it's pretty motivating. It's an awesome feeling," he said. "So I figured if I threw a little gesture in there maybe they'd get up and cheer a little louder. It's always great to have an involved crowd, and I think it kind of makes a difference."

Khalil Maynard, who swept the hurdle events, led Fort Campbell to the team title. The Falcons placed second to St. Henry last year.

Maynard set a Class A record of 38.37 in the 300-meter hurdles.

Other Class A record-setters included Owen County's Collin Trammel in the 200 (21.92), and Glasgow's 4-by-200 relay (1:29.76).

Green County's Dakota Westmoreland swept the shot put and discus.

The 100 meters went to Somerset's Cam Chuevrant in 10.99, while Fairview's Mason Rutherford cleared 6-6 in the high jump.

Smith sizzles

Danville's Smith opened her two-win day by taking the 1,600 in 5:15.62, chased by Model's Hannah Nnoromele in 5:16.04.

Smith, a junior, later took the 3,200 by nearly half a minute in 11:35.55.

Boxed in early in the 1,600, Smith had to work to get into striking position.

"I wanted to get in front but my coach was like 'stay right there and save it for the end'," Smith said. "The last 400, that's just when I had to go and I just went. I had the Model girl pushing me in that 200. If she wasn't there, I would have probably run a slower time. But that was just incredible."

Nnoromele (pronounced No-ROM-ah-lee), a Richmond native of Nigerian descent, took the 1,600 in stride.

"The last race definitely wasn't a disappointment," she said. "I would love to win, but I dropped eight seconds and I can't ask for much better than that."

Plus, she still had the 800 to run.

That she did, winning in 2:18.33.

"Definitely, I wanted to get out fast," said Nnoromele, who went out in 66 seconds, " ... and the last 50 meters to give it everything you had. I'm pretty pleased with today."

St. Henry's second straight team victory was sparked by wins in the 4-by-100, 4-by-200 and 4-by-800 relays, and Madison Culberton's 12.54 effort in the 100. The Crusaders also had 2-3 finishes in the triple jump and 100-meter hurdles.

St, Henry's 4-by-100 quartet set a class record of 49.75.

Fairview pole-vaulter Morgan McIntyre also set a record, clearing 10-7. Teammate Paige McKnight won the 100-meter hurdles.

Burgin's Liz Marcinek was best in the long jump and Somerset's Maranda Mills took the triple jump.

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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