Navajo Runner Wins National Champion

MUSKOGEE, OKLA. – March 18, 2016

Jackson Thomas, Navajo, of Naschitti, New Mexico, took top honors in the indoor mile at the 2016 NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships recently. In addition, Thomas has been named a 2016 NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field All-American.

Jackson Thomas, Navajo, of Naschitti, New Mexico

Thomas took the national title for the Indoor Track Mile with a time of 4 minutes, 16.31 seconds.

“It was a huge upset as he was ranked 7th going in,” said Coach Clay Mayes III. “It came down to the final lap, with the number one ranked guy leading it. Jackson pulled up in the final straight to pass him with 30 meters to go. Jackson passed him so quickly, that he wasn’t able to respond.”

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Bacone college


“Jackson Thomas gave Bacone its first-ever men’s individual championship with a win in the mile as he finished in 4:16.31, edging Daniel Garcia of Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) by 0.66 seconds.”

2016 NAIA Indoor National Championships – Finals Recap