PEPPERDINE XC 2013: Ran at six meets as a freshman ... Was the team's top runner at the Stanford Invitational and Bronco Invitational ... Finished in the team's top three at five of six meets ... Had a season-best 8k time of 25:56.0 at the Bronco Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Great Oak High School, located in Temecula, Calif., in 2013 ... Ran four years of varsity track and three years of varsity cross country ... Earned All-Southwestern League as a senior ... Team won a league title and placed fourth at the state meet in 2011 ... Was a scholar-athlete all four years.
CLUB: Ran for the South Temecula Track Club for four years.
PERSONAL: Born in Mission Viejo, Calif. ... Son of Gordon and Pamela Thomas ... Has two sisters, Alyssa and Kelly ... Majoring in international business ... Chose Pepperdine because of the "beautiful campus, the great cross country and track teams and coach, and a great business and study-abroad program."
FAVORITES: Enjoys art and reading ... Favorites include Lopez Lomong (pro athlete), Pittsburgh Steelers (pro sports team), 1984 (book), Fight Club (movie), The Office (TV show), Macklemore (musical artist), ribeye steak (food) and volleyball (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is "pushing myself as hard as I can both physically and mentally."