Thirteen years after his death, Derrick Thomas name keeps finding its way into the consciousness of the Kansas City area.
Last weekend, it was son Derrion that carried the Thomas name to achievement as he received his college degree at the University of Missouri.
This weekend, it was Derrick’s daughter Alexa that would have had her dad smiling thanks to her performance at the Kansas state track and field championships.
A junior at Lawrence Free State High School, Alexa Harmon-Thomas won three gold medals and a silver medal as she led Free State to the girls’ team title; she had 38 of the team’s 94 points.
She won the 100-meter hurdles in a new 6A state record time of 14.11 seconds. Alexa won the 300-meter hurdles, tying a state record with a time of 42.7 seconds. In the long jump, her leap of 19-feet, 5 inches was good for first place.
In the high jump, she tied with one other competitor at 5-feet, 8 inches, but she lost a tiebreaker based on successful jumps earlier in the competition.
Highly recruited by many major college track programs, Alexa has not yet made any decision on where she’ll go to college and what she’ll do in track and field.