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    SCHS senior Parker Vulgamore takes the baton from Parker Gooden to begin the final leg of the 4x100m relay at the Liberal Invitational last Friday. (Record Photo)

First 3200m of season puts Thomas in SCHS record book

It was never a question of if, but when, Jack Thomas would break the Scott Community High School 3200m record.

He had essentially shared the school record since his sophomore year when he ran a 9:38.34 while capturing a gold medal at the Class 3A state track championships. That was only 1/10 of a second behind the mark owned by former distance standout Trace Kendrick (2008).

Unable to make a bid for the record his junior year while battling a hip injury throughout the season, thoughts of owning the record had to be put on hold. Since weather forced the Ulysses meet to shut down before the 3200m, the first opportunity for Thomas to compete in the event was at the Liberal Invitational last Friday.

However, with 25 mph wind gusts throughout most of the day, it didn’t seem like a possible record would be happening. The wind did subside quite a bit by the time the 3200m began early in the evening.

Still not ideal, but good enough for Thomas.

The senior wasted no time jumping into the lead and without anyone around him, it was Thomas against the clock.


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