Kodiak’s Levi Thomet will make his senior track and field debut against some of the Northwest’s top runners today in Idaho.
Thomet, an All-American cross country runner, is competing in the 3,200 meters at the 37th Simplot Games on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello.
The meet is dubbed “North America’s premier indoor high school track and field event” that draws athletes from all over the country, Canada, Mexico and Australia — the 3,200 has a predominant Northwest field of 87 competitors.
The top 14 runners from today’s five preliminary heats advance to Saturday’s final at 2:40 p.m. Thomet is running in the second heat that begins at 3 p.m. Alaska time.
This is Thomet’s only preseason meet, and he is hoping to clock a time under 9 minutes. He ran a 9:05 during a time trial in December while preparing for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.
The Simplot Games 3,200 record is 9:00.62 set by Utah’s Ben Saarel in 2013. This will be Thomet’s first indoor 3,200. His personal best outdoor 3,200 time is 9:00.68 set last year at the Arcadia Invitational in California.
“Knowing it’s a 200-meter track, and a big field of competition, I won’t be too disappointed if I don’t,” Thomet said. “Staying with Elijah (Armstrong) and just having a good overall race would be awesome.”
Armstrong, a senior from Pocatello who will be running at Boise State University next fall, finished third at the Foot Locker National Championships. Thomet placed 15th.
Thomet is a two-time state champion in the 1,600 and 3,200. He also won last year’s 800 on his way to leading Kodiak to the 4A team title.
He ended his cross country career as a three-time state champion.
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