Thomas highlights Saturday meet

Published 1:30 pm Monday, March 21, 2016


Elizabethton High School Track and Field standout Autumn Thomas was totally out of breath after finishing up her 4X400 Relay Saturday night in the Dan Crowe/Tom Coughenour Texas Roadhouse Relays.

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.

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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”.

For the first big weekend showcase meet of the year, Thomas shined. The meet is one that puts more of a focus on relays, but the win in the open 100 and a long jump performance that was actually a tie for third where Thomas lost the tiebreaker gave her a great balance in the individual events and team events.
“My legs are tired they have been tired all day, but I still did better than I thought I would of done in the long jump. I got third in the long jump, technically fourth.
I don’t know what happened in the last 200 of the 400. I am definitely a whole lot stronger than I was last year, and if I need to pick it up I will pick it up.
It’s been a year now since her famous brother ran track for Elizabethton, but Thomas is completely out of his shadow and has made a named for herself. Autumn says football is Ethan’s sport, but she rules the roost in the family on track and field.
“I think I have him beat on this track thing,” said Autumn.