Student-Athlete of the Week

May 15, 2013

Athlete of the Week

Kereston Thomas

After strong finishes over the weekend at the MW Championships, how do you feel following your first year on the track team?

After the MW Championships I am so excited for next year. I can't wait to see how much we will improve as a team, and I'm excited to see the freshmen we have coming in as well. I definitely would have loved to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminaries, but I didn't which I wasn't too happy about, but I will improve and I will make it in my next three years at the university.

How did it feel to break UW's school record in the 100-meter dash a few weeks ago at the Jack Christiansen Invitational in Fort Collins? What was your reaction when you found out the 11.68 had broken the school record?

After I broke the school record I was really excited, but honestly I didn't even know I did until my dad showed me that I did. I was just happy I ran an 11.68; honestly, I forgot what the record was.

How is Coach Meinecke helping you as a sprinter?

Coach Meinecke has helped me tremendously as a sprinter. He has taught me how to be more explosive out of the blocks and how to drive out of the blocks. I am so glad I am able to have a coach tell me what I need to work on to get better. I love how straightforward he is with me, as well. If I do something wrong, he tells me, and if he doesn't think I'm working hard enough, he tells me, and I love that.

Being a native of Wyoming from nearby Rawlins, what does it mean for you to represent Wyoming in track competitions all over the country?

I was born and raised in Louisiana but I moved to Rawlins the summer going into eighth grade. Honestly, my first year here was rough! As the years went on I guess Wyoming grew on me, but not enough for me to want to go to the University of Wyoming. I am extremely honored to be representing Wyoming all over the country, and I am definitely honored to be a positive role model for people in Rawlins. I am very happy I decided to come to the university.

You came from a large family with eight siblings and both of your parents played sports in college. Was sports a common theme in your household growing up, or did everyone do as they pleased? Do you have a favorite memory growing up playing sports with your siblings?

Actually I have four sisters on my mother's side and two sisters and two brothers on my daddy's and stepmom's side. My biological parents aren't together. I grew up in Louisiana until I was 14 years old, and I remember doing track with my older sister in Louisiana until she quit, but I kept going and decided that I didn't like it so I quit.

How have you adjusted to college following high school, both academically and athletically?

I feel like I have adjusted very well to college both academically and athletically; I am the type of person who likes a challenge and I have enjoyed my first year of college.

What are your career plans with a degree in anthropology?

I would like to go to law school with my anthropology degree.

As it's been a busy adjustment to college between school and track, what do you enjoy doing with any free time you have?

Second semester was a little harder than first semester because we traveled a lot so I missed school, but I stilled ended the year with a good GPA. I love to hang out with my friends and relax, which means sleep.

When did you decide to focus on track over other sports?

I decided to focus on track over other sports my junior year because I realized I was really good at it and I love running.