Qualifies in three competitions for event to be held this month
Barbers Hill junior and track and field team member Alyssa Thomas has performed at a high level following a strong season last spring.
In fact, she has taken her performances to another level after qualifying for the AAU Junior Olympics in discus, javelin and shot put, coming up later this month.
The event will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina from July 27 – Aug. 3. Thomas will travel to the Atlantic Coast with her team the All-American Throwers based out of the Houston area.
Thomas comes off a varsity season where she qualified for the Region 3 meet in discus alone.
“I picked up a love for discus and it developed over time,” Thomas said. “I got with this new team and they are really helping me out. I have improved a lot.
“Shot put and javelin, I am going for it, but discus is my love absolutely.”
Thomas says her technique has improved and she has gotten a lot stronger over the summer.
“That’s all you can do with discus: practice over and over again,” Thomas said. “I am in the gym a lot more lately and I am lifting, taking it a lot more seriously now.”
She qualified for the Junior Olympics by advancing past the regional meet held at Challenger Stadium in Webster.
Thomas finished second in javelin (85-3), fourth in discus (113-6), fifth in shot put (31-4) to move on to Greensboro.
“It was really nerve wracking: I had never been up against competition like that,” Thomas said. “I just put my trust in God and hoped that everything will be OK. Everything tuned out I guess.”
Barbers Hill head track and field coach Stacy Tucker is not surprised by Thomas’ success.
“Alyssa is very hard-working and constantly trying to improve in her events,” Tucker said. “She is always willing to ask questions and engage in conversations in efforts to elevate her performance, plus very responsive to feedback; extremely coachable.
“She is quiet and reserved, but very focused on the task in front of her.”
Thomas has a high level of optimism and now entertains the thought of performing in track and field at the collegiate level.
“They really gave me hope that I can continue to do this and I am better than I thought I was,” Thomas said. “I would love to do track in college. I would love to continue all of it, I just don’t know where it would be yet.”