Weatherford’s Jacey Thomas - Character Counts Presented By BancFirst Weatherford
Not only did Weatherford senior Jacey Thomas not get to participate in her final high school track season this spring, she never even made it to track, as she was still playing basketball at the time all OSSAA sports were cancelled.
The Eagles hoops squad, who were ranked No. 4 in Class 4A with a 24-3 record, was getting ready to play in the state tournament when everything was called off, so Thomas didn’t get to finish either of her sports this year. “That was a little sad,” acknowledged Thomas, who was seeking a fourth straight trip to the 4A track and field state tournament. “I was a little sad that we couldn’t finish our time with basketball, because we would have made it pretty far. And then I was beyond excited for track, and when I found out that wasn’t going to happen, it was kind of mindboggling, I guess, because I was so excited and then it just all kind of went away in one day, really.”
After placing third at state in the 300-meter hurdles as a sophomore in 2018, Thomas finished sixth last year and was ready to take it a step further this season. “I had prepared,” said Thomas, who also ran cross country at Weatherford during her first three years of high school, finishing 47th, 51st and 38th at the 4A state meet in 2016, ’17 and ’18, respectively. “The past years, I would get to track practice and I would have my hurdling coach and we would be out there forever, just be going over hurdles all the time and getting the feel of it. I was wanting to get prepared, I wanted to make my last year really good. I never really had a summer. It was always, right when track was done, basketball summer camp started, and then cross country, basketball, track, forever.”
In addition to her athletic excellence, Thomas also succeeds in the classroom. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a Distinguished Scholar in the top 30 percent of her class. She admitted that it was definitely a challenge to get all her schoolwork done while also participating in sports all year. “It was extra difficult, just studying on its own was difficult, when you’d come home from a three-hour practice, exhausted,” said Thomas, who also participated in the Early Bird Reader program, reading to first graders before class.
At this point, Thomas doesn’t anticipate playing a sport next year in college, so this likely marks the end of her athletic career as she moves on to the next phase of her life. “I’m probably going to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University here in Weatherford,” she said of her plans. “I probably won’t do any sports, just probably give myself a little break, focus on school and stuff. I was thinking about doing either elementary education or health sciences and become an occupational therapist.”