Both Teams Finished Ninth
Two-Day Championship Begins On Feb. 17
Distance Runners Post Five First Place Finishes
Mean Green’s Last Meet Before Conference Championship
Mean Green Finish Texas Tech Classic
60-meters: 7.21 (2014)
200-meters: 22.48 (2014)
400-meters: 49.60 (2014)
55-meter hurdles: 7.34 (2017)
60-meter hurdles: 7.98 (2017)
110-meter hurdles: 13.84 (2017)
400-meter hurdles: 50.94 (2017)
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention (2016)
Academic All-MPSF (2017)
2017 (Colorado): Indoor: Thomas participated in both the 55-meter hurdles and the 60-meter hurdles in his senior indoor season. He recorded a personal best in the 55-meter hurdles at the Wyoming Power Meet (12/10) when he raced to a time of 7.34. He also recorded a PR at the MPSF Championships (2/25) in the 60-meter hurdles when he placed fifth after running the raced in 8.04. Both times ended up being 2017 CU men’s indoor bests. He was also a member of the 4x400 relay team that placed sixth at the MPSF Championships.
Outdoor: Thomas competed in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles during his senior outdoor season in 2016-17 for the Buffs. He set a new personal record in the 400-meter hurdles at the CU Invite (4/8) with a time of 50.94; this time earned him a first place finish at the meet and was the fastest time among Buff hurdlers during the 2016-17 outdoor season. Thomas also held the fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles on the team for the season with a time of 14.12.
2016 (Colorado): Indoor: Redshirt. Did not compete.
Outdoor: Thomas had another great season, which included four wins, two in the 110-meter hurdles and two in the 400-hurdles. He clocked 14.08 to take the 110-hurdle crown at the CSM Invite after winning the CU Invite in 14.24. Thomas raced a season best 51.87 to win the 400-hurdles at the Beach Invite and also won the Air Force Twilight in 52.27. At the Pac-12 Championships, Thomas picked up points for the team in both events, finishing third in the 110-hurdles (14.15) and was fourth in the 400-hurdles (52.04). He went on to race at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, placing 18th in the 110-hurdles with a season best time (13.99) and was 25th in the 400-hurdles.
2015 (Colorado): Indoor: Thomas again concentrated on the 60-meter hurdles. He won his first meet of the season at the Potts Invite (1/17), finishing in 8.24. Thomas followed that up with another win at the Air Force Invite (1/24), finishing in 8.20. At the MSPF Championships, Thomas ran a season-best time of 8.10 to place eighth in the prelims. In the finals, he also took eighth in 8.26.
Outdoor: Thomas continued to do well for the Buffs in the hurdles during the outdoor season. He won the 400-hurdles at the CU Invite (4/11), clocking in at 52.35. Thomas placed 12th in the 400-hurdles invitational section at Mt. SAC Relays, crossing the finish in 52.60. At the Pac-12 Championships, Thomas scored for CU in both events. He placed sixth in the 400-hurdles (52.47) after placing third in the prelims (
2014 (Colorado): Indoor: Thomas mainly focused on the 60-meter hurdles during his first season. He started the year placing fourth at the Air Force All-Comers Meet (1/11), finishing in 8.37. Thomas improved on his time at the next meet, the Potts Invitational (1/18), running 8.29 for the win. He continued to improve during the season and recorded a season-best (8.04) and a fifth place
Outdoor: Thomas cruised into the CU record books in the spring. He became just the fourth Buff to ever record a time under 14 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking in at 13.87. The time placed him third at the meet and made him the fourth best performer in CU history at the Longhorn Invitational (5/3). Thomas became the third best CU performer in the 400-hurdles after finishing third in 51.24 at the Pac-12 Championships. He was also sixth at the conference meet in the 110-hurdles (14.29). Thomas raced both events at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships. He was 32nd in the 110-hurdles (14.34) and 34th in the 400-hurdles (52.37).
Thomas made a name for himself by earning many accolades and smashing records during his time with the Panthers. In his junior year, he claimed the regional and district championships in addition to qualifying for state. The team captain of three years also broke school records including the 110-meter hurdle (13.98), the 300-meter hurdle (37.93) and the triple jump (46-8). Thomas was an all-state academic selection his senior year.
HIGH SCHOOL BESTS
110-meter hurdles: 13.98; 300-meter hurdles: 37.93; Long Jump: 22-9; Triple Jump: 46-8.
Personal: Jaron Kraig Thomas was born on January 8, 1995, in Stephenville, Texas. He is the son of Spivey Thomas and Lauren Hall, who both competed in track and field at Tarleton State University. Thomas is the oldest of three siblings, Kolby, Jalon, and Skylar. He enjoys playing tennis, swimming and has volunteered with Niki Covers the Cold, Salvation Army and Santa’s