Thomas claims female honors

JOHNSTOWN – During her senior year at Gloversville High School, Chanel Thomas set school records in the long jump, triple jump for both the indoor and outdoor track teams as well as claiming six sectional track championships en route to two trips to the state championship meet.

Her track and field accomplishments, as well as solid performances on the soccer pitch, earned Thomas the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Female Athlete of the Year honor at the annual sports awards banquet Wednesday night at the Holiday Inn.

“I am surprised and really wasn’t expecting it. I am in shock,” Thomas said. “It means the world to me. When he [Tom Roehl] was reading off everything accomplished, I couldn’t believe it. I am speechless. I worked so hard and this is the reward.”

During the 2013-14 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons, Thomas won indoor sectional championships in the 55-meter hurdles, long jump, and triple jump; and outdoors won the Group 2 sectional crowns in the 100-meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump, earning a berth on the Section II team at the state championship meet in all three events.

Opting to participate in the pentathlon at the state qualifiers, Thomas won the Division 1 (large school) title for the second-straight year and earned her second consecutive trip to the state track and field championships, which will be held this weekend at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

During her four-year varsity career at Gloversville, Thomas set indoor track records in the triple jump (35-08), long jump (17-10), 55-meter hurdles (8.69), and 50-meter hurdles (8.0), and was a member of the record-setting sprint medley and 800-meter relay teams.

Outdoors, she established new marks in the pentathlon (3,037 points), heptathlon (3,753 points), 100-meter hurdles (14.9), long jump (17-6.25), triple jump (36-01) and was a member of the record-setting 400-meter relay team.

Thomas also was ranked in the top 20 in the nation at the 2013 New Balance National Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon and was the 100-meter hurdles champion at the 2013 Dartmouth Relays.

On the soccer field, Thomas was a four-year starter, earning first-team Foothills Council status in her junior and senior years, and was a second team all-star as a sophomore.

She netted 18 goals in her senior season en route to scoring 46 career goals.

Thomas is undecided on her college plans at this time, but is looking to pursue a career in nursing.