Milford High School junior Ryan Thomas recently jumped over a new school record at the New Castle County Coaches Cross Country and Track Association (N5CTA) meet at Haverford College on January 5. His long jump of 22 feet, 11.75 inches broke the previous mark set nearly 33 years ago in 1980 by Ron Wilson.
Thomas’ performances rank him as one of the Top 10 jumpers all-time in the state of Delaware for long and triple jump. Thomas brings quite a package of motivation and drive to the track with a little family competition. Thomas’ cousin, Jason Harper, a 2012 graduate from the MHS track and field team, who currently jumps for Mississippi State, still holds the MHS triple jump record. Thomas, however, remains less than an inch behind from breaking the family record of 47 feet-1.75 inches, which Harper set during his senior year. Although an amazing athlete at Milford High School, Thomas is also an avid scholar in the classroom.
“Ryan is a very humble person,” said MHS junior classmate James Powell. “Seeing him in school, you can tell he’s very passionate about his work and his priorities are put on display: God, family, school and track.”
“In my household education is very important,” added Thomas. “I know my school work comes before track.”
Thomas has shown tremendous effort in the jumping pit and just as much in the classroom. His class schedule includes Advanced Placement English and United States History and Honors math, chemistry and physics. He plans to major in Kinesiology or Physical Therapy in college. Thomas plans to stop at nothing but the best.
“Ryan is a very dedicated and self-driven student athlete,” said MHS head coach Czar Bloom. “He sets strong goals and makes sacrifices to achieve them.”
He looks forward to one day competing at the NCAA Division I level in jumps and plans to start running the 100-meter dash in a desire to break the current record of 10.8 seconds set by Mike White in 1986.
“I realize I wouldn’t be able to do anything without God,” said Thomas, who will have another opportunity to break a record on Wednesday, January 16 in the team’s next meet at Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill, Maryland.