THE WINNER: Jacob Thomson
School: Holy Cross (Louisville, Ky.)
Weight: 150 pounds
Athletic achievement: He won two individual state championships at the Class 1A state meet this spring and led the Cougars to an 11th-place finish as a team. Thomson won the 3200-meter run in 9:07.17 and the 1600-meter run in 4:09.99, the latter of which ranked as the No. 25 performance among prep competitors in 2013 at the time of his selection. The 2013 Kentucky Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Mr. Track winner, he also ranked in the top 10 nationally in the mile, the 3000 and the 3200 this spring.
Academic excellence: Thomson has maintained a 3.59 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with his school. For his senior class project he built a ramp at the home of a fellow Holy Cross student who is confined to a wheelchair.
“We went into the state meet thinking that second would be a victory because Jacob Thomson was uncatchable,” said Joe Cordonnier, head coach of Villa Madonna Academy (Villa Hills, Ky.). “For the past 13 years, I’ve seen and coached some great runners. Mr. Thomson is simply on another level. He is a marvel to watch.”
THE FUTURE: Thomson has signed with N.C. State.