Watch Thomson become 4th Kentuckian to Break 4 Minute Mile

This weekend one of the greatest runners in the history of Kentucky high school cross country and track and field, Jacob Thomson, achieved a feat that only three other native Kentuckians (Bobby Curtis, Matt Hillenbrand, and Ben Young)  have accomplished by breaking the four minute barrier for a mile after running a 3:57.07 mile at the Sir Walter Miler. Jacob was one of 13 gentlemen to break the four minute barrier in what was one of the premier mile races in the country this year. 

Jacob recently completed his college career at the University of Kentucky at the NCAA Division I Championships with a sixth place finish in the 10,000 meter and a personal best of 28:40.50. He was the SEC Indoor champion in the 5,000 meter and SEC Outdoor runner up at the same distance. Vincent Kiprop of the University of Alabama got the best of him at the SEC Outdoor Championships in the 5K and was the only SEC athlete to finish higher int he 10K at the national championship.

Thomson has been a mainstay on the Kentucky running scene since he debuted in 2009. He took home two cross country state titles (2011 & 2012) and nine track & field state titles, including winning the 1600m EVERY year he was in high school. Jacob still owns the State Meet record in the 1600m with a 4:09.99 run in his senior year. 

From the KYtrackXC archives: Jacob and Grooms discussing his first cross country state title in 2011.

Now, as a professional runner with Adidas/Boston Athletics, Jacob has been lighting up the track with a 3:43.15 in the 1500 meter and 13:34.50 in the 5K, which are both personal bests. The next phase of Jacob Thomson looks to be following the same trend as his high school and college career.

For those younger runners, do yourself a favor and check out Jacob's profile and the time graphs of his times over the last 9 years. It will definitely encourage you to work hard and watch it pay off (and throw in some killer talent as well).

Watch Jacob's race

Jacob Thomson's Major Victories

(check out your own major victories on the "Progression" tab of your athlete profile)

5K13:49.50SEC Indoor Championships
1 Mile4:01.42Rod McCravy Memorial
3000m7:53.87Clemson Invitational
5K13:53.04The Penn Relays Carnival
1 Mile4:06.77Kentucky Invitational
8K23:42.03Bluegrass Cross Country Invitational
5K13:54.27SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championship
10K29:47.89SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championship
5K13:43.49Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational
1500m3:44.93Virginia Challenge
10K29:01.34adidas Raleigh Relays
5K13:52.71Virginia Challenge
5K14:18.79The Penn Relays Carnival
1 Mile4:14.14Carolina Relays
3200m9:07.17Kentucky State Track Meet
1600m4:09.99Kentucky State Track Meet
1600m4:36.33Region 3 A
3200m9:25.09Region 3 A
1 Mile4:10.16Kentucky Dream Mile
3000m8:35.34Mason-Dixon Games Indoor High School State Championships
1500m3:58.55Mason-Dixon Games Indoor High School State Championships
1 Mile4:14.20UK High School Invitational
800m1:53.76UK High School Invitational
5K14:46.90adidas Cross Country Challenge
5K15:15.00Midsummer's Night Run
1600m4:10.80Kentucky State Track Meet
3200m9:44.58Kentucky State Track Meet
800m1:57.38Kentucky State Track Meet
800m1:58.54Region 3 A
1600m4:35.96Region 3 A
3200m10:01.58Region 3 A
1 Mile4:13.43Kentucky Dream Mile
3200m8:58.62Eastern Relays
800m1:56.13Brother Borgia/Coach Cooper Invitational 5K Showdown
1500m4:00.40Mason-Dixon Games
800m1:58.34Indiana Track Club High School Open
1600m4:17.36Indiana Track Club High School Open
2 Mile9:29.65Wildcat Classic
5K15:21.40Kentucky State Cross Country Meet
5K15:40.40Region 3 A
5K15:29.36Lexington Catholic Invitational
5K15:37.003rd Annual Midwest Catholic Cross Country Championships
5K14:52.64Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational
5K15:39.00Terre Haute State Preview
5K15:27.61Tiger Run
1600m4:27.64Kentucky State Track Meet
800m1:58.93Kentucky State Track Meet
3200m9:50.08Kentucky State Track Meet
800m2:02.55Region 3 Class A
1600m4:35.24Region 3 Class A
3200m9:53.16Region 3 Class A
800m1:57.38Louisville City Championships (Area 3)
3200m9:15.37Sundown Invitational
800m2:01.66Walton-Verona Bearcat Open
1600m4:41.09Walton-Verona Bearcat Open
3200m9:32.90Oldham County Kick Off Classic
1500m4:18.66Mason-Dixon Games
800m2:00.10Indiana Track Club High School Open
2 Mile9:48.50Wildcat Classic
5K15:55.83Kentucky State Cross Country Meet
5K16:12.90Region 3 A
5K16:09.03Lexington Catholic Invitational
5K16:33.40Male Invitational
5K15:51.002nd Annual Midwest Catholic Cross Country Championships
5K15:32.04Tiger Run
1600m4:24.70Kentucky State Track Meet
3200m9:44.84Region 3 A
800m2:03.00Kentucky Country Day Invitational
1600m4:39.00Kentucky Country Day Invitational
3200m9:45.84Male Master Schedule Meet
3200m10:02.00Fairdale All-Comers
1500m4:22.3450th Annual Mason-Dixon Games
1 Mile4:30.55UK High School Invitational
5K15:52.93Male Invitational
5K15:41.001st Annual Midwest Catholic Cross Country Championships
5K16:52.92Bernard Keene Invitational
5K16:00.74Shelby County Invitational
5K16:11.00Foot Locker South Regional
5K16:44.66Region 3 A
4K13:17.30Derby City Classic FS-JV Race 2
5K17:26.70Bernard Keene Invitational