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After setting 5 school records this year, Sumner’s Thompson looks to finish season strong

Sumner’s Jordan Thompson, center, races in the 100-meter dash during the first day of the South Puget Sound League and Seamount Leage 3A sub-district track meet at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner on May 11.
Sumner’s Jordan Thompson, center, races in the 100-meter dash during the first day of the South Puget Sound League and Seamount Leage 3A sub-district track meet at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner on May 11. jbessex@gateline.com

It seems every time Jordan Thompson finishes a race for Sumner High, the same thing tends to happen for the Spartan sprinter.

Records fall.

Five records have been toppled by Thompson this season, as the junior sprinter has set new standards in the 100- (12.39 seconds) and 400-meter (56.81) as well as a part of both the 4x200 (1:47.8) and the 4x400 relay (3:56.32).

I look up to Emma Bakke as a runner, so to break her record was an amazing feeling.

Jordan Thompson on setting her first record of the season

“It was my first race of the year when I broke the 100 (on April 14), and I only had a 12.89 last year,” said Thompson, who has committed to play soccer for Gonzaga University. “I look up to Emma Bakke as a runner, so to break her record was an amazing feeling.”

Bakke set the previous record in the 100 last year with a time 12.56.

Thompson also owns the record in the long jump — 17 feet, 5 1/2 inches — set back in April.

“That was one I really wanted and worked hard at,” she added.

At the 3A West Central-Southwest District meet at Sunset Chev Stadium over the weekend, Thompson qualified for state in four events: the 100 (fifth, 12.49), 200 (first, 25.5), 400 (first, 56.81) and as a member of Sumner’s 4x400 relay team (second, 3:56.32).

A soccer star who’s constantly running during games for Sumner’s and her club team, stamina has never been a problem.

Just as often as the records have fallen, opponents and spectators alike have been left in awe by the speed of Sumner’s star runner.

I thought I wasn’t going to be able to finish the lap in the 400. After the race, I was kind of surprised I got the record on my first try, to be honest.

Jordan Thompson

But it’s after the race when teammates are often left shaking their heads and wondering “Does she ever get tired?”

“I thought I wasn’t going to be able to finish the lap in the 400,” Thompson recalled about her first record-setting 400 race back on May 5 in a dual meet with Enumclaw. “After the race, I was kind of surprised I got the record on my first try, to be honest.”

After that race — just like all her races — Thompson was fine. No loss of breath, not even breaking a sweat over the long, hot day at Sunset Chev Stadium.

“I guess being a soccer player I’m used to running around,” Thompson joked.

This week is the final week for Thompson competing with Sumner track and field, and it’s been a record-setting season for the junior so far — one Thompson hopes to continue.

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