Loveland Intermediate School 10-year-old student Kirstin Thomas has won five consecutive 5K races during the past five weeks. Kirstin runs for the St. Margaret of York (SMAC) Track Club, but is too young for competitive cross country, so she found another outlet for her talents in the open 5K races. Prior to starting the 5K runs Kirstin has won track events at 50m, 75m, 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m.
Kirstin has recently run the Lenlo 5K for Ovarian Cancer, Friendship City 5K, St. Timothy 5K Twilight Run, Stomp Out Hunger 5K, and the Dirt Days 5K Trail Run.
Coach Phil McDonald, who coaches the SMAC boys’ 6th-8th team, asked her to train with them throughout their season to improve her newly found talent. She has enjoyed rapid improvement under his direction. She also enjoys pushing the boys and being pushed by them. On days when she doesn’t train with the boys she has soccer practice and competes in both a 5K and a soccer game on Saturdays.
Kirstin will continue to run road races until the Ohio Middle School Cross Country State Championships, which has a category for 6th grade and under.
Kirstin has won the overall female division in one of her 5K races and has finished as high as 3rd and 4th in two others. She typically runs in the 12 and under or 14 and under age divisions. She has not finished below 7th in the overall female races.
Kirstin is the younger sister of city champion sprinter Connor Thomas, a current 8th grader at Loveland Middle School.