Two former Louisville area runners have taken over the 10K at the SEC Championships. Last night in Alabama, former Holy Cross Star Jacob Thomson won the 10K, while former Assumption Star Emily Bean was Runner-Up in the 10K.
Thomson 10k story (FROM UKathletics.com)
Thomson won a tactical 10k that saw five runners in the lead pack at the bell. He jostled for the lead along the back stretch, but had the most in the tank off the turn and sprinted home to a runaway win with a time of 29:47.89.
"It was really important to me to get the first SEC Championship win," Thomson said. "I was fourth in cross country, I ended up second in the 5k indoors and fifth in the 3k indoors. So I've been knocking at the door.
"This is a big checkmark for me. Something I really wanted to do and I executed it perfectly."
The men's 10k was delayed by about 30 minutes after a power outage across the Alabama campus caused the race to stop three laps in after the original start. The race went off later than originally planned anyway due to recurring inclement weather.
"I thought coming into this I'd been running track for a long time so you think you've seen everything, but then I can't say I've ever had a power outage and had to stop the race three laps in," Thomson said.
"Like I said I've been doing this for a while so I was able to keep my cool.
"The race is going to go on at some point so 10k is a long way to go so we wanted to keep it as relaxed as possible and have a hard finish."
Alabama's Antibahs Kosgei was second in 29:49.16, while Arkanasas' Gabe Gonzalez was third in 29:50.01.
Thomson became UK's first SEC 10k Champion since Mark Nenow in 1981.