Thomet sparkles with top-30 finish in Oregon Ducks debut

October 18, 2016

Levi Thomet cross country running

Levi Thomet

Unlike most elite runners, Levi Thomet of Kodiak didn’t run off to college after high school.

Instead, he went to Germany and learned a new language and did some traveling.

Now he’s back in the States, ready for the cross country season with the University of Oregon.

Thomet finally made his much anticipated debut with the Ducks over the weekend at the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana.

He didn’t disappoint either, turning in a top-30 finish against a men’s field that featured some of the top-ranked NCAA teams in the country.

Thomet, of Kodiak High fame, covered the 8K course in 24 minutes, 29.5 seconds to place 26th out of 263 runners.

“I’m really happy for Levi,” Oregon associate head coach Andy Powell told the school’s website. “That was a big performance for his first cross country race as a Duck.”

He was the second fastest freshman in the field, fourth on his team. The fourth-ranked Oregon men won the meet with 85 points.

A year ago, Thomet earned a silver medal at the World Mountain Running Championships in North Wales. He also won a 10K road race in Germany.

In high school, he was a 3-time Alaska Class 4A state cross country champion in 2014, 2013 and 2012.