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Boys' Class A state track: Holy Cross runner Thomson breaks Bobby Curtis' 1,600 record

Holy Cross junior Jacob Thomson broke Bobby Curtis' 10-year-old all-class state record in the 1,600 meters.
Holy Cross junior Jacob Thomson broke Bobby Curtis' 10-year-old all-class state record in the 1,600 meters. Herald-Leader

LOUISVILLE — Move over, Bobby Curtis.

There's a new King of the Mile in Kentucky high school track and field.

Jacob Thomson of Louisville Holy Cross shattered Curtis' 10-year-old State Meet all-class record for 1,600 meters Thursday, winning the Class A event in 4 minutes, 10.80 seconds.

Curtis, who went on to Villanova University and became a sub-four-minute miler, ran 4:13.16 for St. Xavier.

Thursday, Thomson was in a class by himself on the University of Louisville's Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park oval. Runner-up Nathan Riggs of Campbellsville finished nearly 19 seconds behind in 4:29.14.

"I met Bobby Curtis at Foot Locker (Cross Country Championships) in California back in December. He's a great guy," said Thomson, a junior. "I talked to him about advice. ... He's a great role model. He's going to the Olympic Trials this summer. It's definitely a big milestone for me to be up on the same level as a guy like him."

Thomson defended titles in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, but it wasn't enough for his Cougars to repeat as team champion.

St. Henry edged Fort Campbell, 77-72, for first place. Holy Cross was third with 64.

Glasgow, fourth with 44 points, set a Class A record in the 4-by-200 relay, 1:30.17. The Scotties also won the 4-by-100.

St. Henry picked up 10-point wins in the 4-by-800 relay, from Craig Aldridge in the high jump and Zach Haacke in the pole vault.

After his record run, Thomson came back to win the 800 in 1:57.38, followed closely by Elliott County's Aaron Stevens in 1:58.30.

"I was tired. ... I was just in there trying to score all the points I could for our team," Thomson said.

He then shook Sayre's Nicholas Waltman on the last lap to win the 3,200, 9:44.58 to 9:46.10.

"I knew that I probably wouldn't be able to beat him, so I was just sticking with him for as long as possible," said Waltman, who also was runner-up to Thomson in the State Cross Country Championships. "I was expecting to stay with him for a while, but not that long."

Thomson savored his record run.

"The main goal coming in, the only thing I was really focused on, was to break — I tried to go under 4:10, but I was definitely happy with it," he said. "I was wanting to get out real aggressive. I wanted to get through 800 in 2:05 and I went through in 2:04, That's what I was hoping for."

Frankfort's Aaron Jackson won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 71/2 inches, and Somerset's Brian Obino took the triple jump at 45-0.

"I just felt really good going into it," Obino said.

A senior, Obino was born in Kenya and moved to Texas at 6, then on to Somerset at 13. This is his first season of jumping, and he hopes to continue at the University of Kentucky.

"I really want to improve more," he said.

Andre Klaassen of Whitefield Academy swept the short sprints, followed by Glasgow's Gary Settles in each race.

Klaassen first won the 100 in 11.09, then he defended his 200-meters title in 22.00.

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