LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky cross country senior Jacob Thomson was named National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.
Thomson looked the part in his 2017 cross country debut last Saturday at the Bluegrass Invitational at Masterson Station Park, winning by 11.3 seconds with a time of 23:42.10.
"Wanted to open up the season with a performance to set the tone for the rest of the season," Thomson said. "I think I did that. Accomplished the goal."
He ran more than a minute faster than his time at the same meet last year.
Kentucky's next meet will be The Greater Louisville Classic in Thomson's home town of Louisville at EP "Tom" Sawyer Park - the site of the NCAA Championships in November.
Thomson qualified for each of the past two national meets as an individual and finished as high as 44th in 2015.