Thomet part of 4-man sprint finish in 10K run at Jr Nationals

June 28, 2016

Levi Thomet running

Levi Thomet

Levi Thomet of Kodiak was involved in a crazy four-man photo finish in the 10,000-meter run at the USATF Junior National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Clovis, California.

The bad news was he missed a bronze medal by one-hundredth of a second.

Thomas Polland Iowa State 30:46.04
Colin Burke UCLA 30:46.25
Zachary Dale Illinois 30:46.72
Levi Thomet Unattached 30:46.73

The good news is that the future Oregon Duck beat the 31-minute standard for the World Junior Championships.

“I wanted that standard above all else,” Thomet told milesplit.com.

This was his first-ever 10K on a track. The former Kodiak High star graduated in 2015 and then spent the last year in Germany.

“I’ve been doing a lot of 10Ks by myself,” he said. “I’m happy overall. It was nice to get back to some competition with these guys, especially on this national stage.”

Thomet brought an aggressive, attacking game plan and led the first half of the race. He had one thing in mind: pushing the pace.

“I wanted to take it out fast,” he said. “My plan was to keep it rolling until the last mile; keep accelerating and try to drop those guys on me. It worked a little bit but not quite how I was hoping.

“That last lap was every man for himself. The l00 was a dead sprint.”

In Germany, Thomet went alone on training runs. When he did enter a race, it was more of the same.

“I was either leading by a lot or these professionals would come in from Belgium and Ethiopia and take it out and kill it and I was by myself again.”

His greatest challenge in Germany was learning the language.

“At first I was dead in the water. I couldn’t speak to people,” he said. “I kept practicing and it came eventually. The last two months were key in learning the language.”

Thomet will be a freshman this fall at the University of Oregon.

He is most looking forward to training with a bunch of thoroughbreds.

“There will be a lot of guys faster than me and I love that,” Thomet said. “It helps you get faster because you’re always pushing yourself in workouts more than you would by yourself.”