Thomas highlights Saturday meet
Published 1:30 pm Monday, March 21, 2016
It was just another day at the office for the Lady Cyclone.
Competing against mainly Class AAA schools, Thomas performed with the best of them on a day highlighted by a first place finish in the 100 with a time of 18.2, a fourth place finish in the long jump and a very successful run in the 4X400. When it was all said and done, Elizabethton placed third in a big meet at the Dobyns-Bennett Track and Field complex.
Thomas, the sister of Eastern Kentucky standout running back Ethan Thomas, is out of her brother’s shadow and making her mark in track and field. Despite winning the 100, her most impressive event on the day might have been the last one in the 4×400 where she gave Elizabethton the lead in the race after the second leg.
“Autumn is definitely worn out,” said Elizabethton head coach Amber Abel. “She competed in four events and gave her all in all of them. She finished fourth in a tie in the long jump and did her best. She won the 100 with not her best time so we have good potential. Her time in the 4X200 is where it needs to be right now. We know that the 200 is a strong event for her, and she went to state in it last year. We expect her to be back in it this year. And she was one of our fastest legs on the 4×400. Our third and four legs, we don’t have our top people yet. We do expect to lower our 4×400 time as the season goes on, so we are really just running the first half right now really. Heather Feuchtenberger both ran over a second faster in the 4×400 than they did in our meet (last) Tuesday night”.