Brookline, Mass., native collects fifth weekly award of the season after posting All-America finish at NCAA Championships
Thomas earned the fourth high jump All-America award of his two year career (fifth overall) as he placed sixth at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by California State University Stanislaus, over the weekend. Thomas cleared 6-feet, 10.75-inches on his second attempt to finish tied with Central Missouri State University's Chris Millentree. He also competed in the 110-meter high hurdles on Friday night, posting the tenth fastest preliminary time at 14.33-seconds, just 0.01 shy of his own school record, to finishing second in his preliminary heat and just missed out on qualifying for the finals in that event for the first time.
Thomas, the NE-10 outdoor high jump and 110-meter hurdles champion, earned All-New England honors for both for the second-straight season as well. He earned All-East Region accolades by posting a school-record time of 14.32-seconds in the hurdles final at the New England Championships, while clearing a season-best 6-feet, 11-inches at Princeton University's Larry Ellis Invitational in April.
Thomas, the indoor national champion for the high jump, claimed three All-America honors this year to go with the two he earned for the indoor and outdoor high jump as a freshman. He captured his first national championship in March when he cleared 7-feet, 0.5-inches and also earned All-America honors for the 60-meter high hurdles for the first time with his fifth place finish in a school-record time of 8.08-seconds. Thomas was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II East Regional Field Athlete of the Year for the third-straight season and is a two-time NE-10 Indoor Athlete of the Year after capturing the NE-10 indoor championships for the high jump and 55-meter hurdles in February.
Thomas won the high jump in 12 of the 16 meets, combining indoor and outdoor events, this year and has won the hurdles nine times. He has earned NE-10 Field Athlete of the Week honors nine times overall this season and 11 times in his career to go with 12 Freshman of the Week awards in 2009-10 combining indoor, outdoor and track and field selections.
Thomas enjoyed a record-breaking outdoor season as a freshman at Stonehill, qualifying for the NCAA Championships for both the high jump and 110-meter high hurdles. He didn't finish lower than third for the high jump in any of the eight outdoor events he was entered in for Stonehill last spring, posting wins at the Skyhawk Invitational and New Balance Boston Twilight Invitational to go with a second New England title. He won the 110-meter hurdles event in six of the eight outdoor meets he was entered this spring, posting wins at the Bryant Invitational, George Davis Invite, Skyhawk Invitational and New Balance Boston Twilight event to go with his Northeast-10 Conference and New England Championship performances. Thomas was named the NE-10 Male Freshman of the Year for the outdoor season.
Thomas capped the year by placing fourth for the high jump at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in June, clearing a school-record height of 7'1.50".