Michelle Thomas is the Division I state champion in 3,200-meter run

Michelle Thomas, Glen Este junior, has joined the ranks of Clermont County high school state sports champions. She is the first GEHS female athlete to win a state crown as an individual.

Thomas won the Division I 3,200-meters run with a clocking of 10-minutes, 46.59-seconds. This time was a very impressive 16 seconds better than her seeded time of 11:03.

She said, “I was shocked. It’s kind of hard to believe.

“The race was not as fast as I thought it would be at the beginning. I was going to try to stay with the pack runners and then try to get ahead the last lap. When I passed her (Meredith Wagner of Sylvania Northview) I thought she’d pass me back. When I crossed (the finish line) I was so excited I couldn’t believe it.