Jacob Thomson Named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky junior Jacob Thomson was named Southeastern Conference Cross Country Cross Country Athlete of the Year, as voted on by the league coaches, Tuesday.

Thomson has a 3.647 grade point average in accounting. 

He placed seventh overall at the 2016 SEC Cross Country Championships with an 8k time of 24:03.60. 

Thomson started the season with three-consecutive runner-up finishes at the Bluegrass Invitational, Texas A&M Invitational, and then led the Wildcats to a team win at the Alabama Crimson Classic.

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All-SEC Wildcats
Thomson earned All-SEC Cross Country honors for the second season in a row by virtue of his top-seven finish at the SEC Championships. Matthew Thomas and Brennan Fields earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors, as they finished among the top-seven freshmen in the field. Thomas and Fields were third and fourth at SECs, respectively, among freshmen. Katy Kunc, the SEC Championship Bronze Medalist, earned First Team All-SEC honors for the first time in her career.

Matthew Thomas and Brennan Fields earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors, as they finished among the top-seven freshmen in the field. Thomas and Fields were third and fourth at SECs, respectively, among freshmen.

Katy Kunc, the SEC Championship Bronze Medalist, earned First Team All-SEC honors for the first time in her career.

2016 SEC Cross Country Awards
Men’s Runner of the Year: Alex George, Arkansas
Men’s Freshman Runner of the Year: Carter Persyn, Arkansas
Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jacob Thomson, Kentucky
Men’s Coach of the Year: Chris Bucknam, Arkansas

Women’s Runner of the Year: Karissa Schweizer, Missouri
Women’s Freshman Runner of the Year: Abby Gray, Arkansas
Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Devin Clark, Arkansas
Women’s Coach of the Year: Lance Harter, Arkansas

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