MIDWEST CITY — At the all-city track championships this year, Northeast track coach Tim Thomas suggested to Mikey Thomas that he run the open 400 in addition to the 100- and 200-meter races that he already was running.
The start of the 400-meter race comes just minutes following the 200 meters in track meets, and the senior sprinter wasn't keen on the idea at first. But after sleeping on it over the weekend, Thomas returned to school the following Monday and told his coach he would run all three individual races.
On Saturday in the Class 2A State Track Meet at Carl Albert High School, Thomas captured four gold medals, winning the 100, 200 and 400 meters while also running the second leg on Northeast's winning 4x100 relay team.
His four gold medals helped propel Northeast to the Class 2A team championship, the Vikings' first boys state track title since 2003.
“I have been looking forward to this day since the beginning of track season,” Thomas said. “I wanted to end my senior year on a good note.”
Thomas posted his personal best time of 50.19 in winning Saturday's 400 meters. He tied his personal best time of 22.04 in the 200 and won the 100 with a time of 10.78.
It was a breakout senior season for Thomas, whose only previous state championships came as part of Northeast relay teams.
“He has improved tremendously in the last four years,” said Tim Thomas, who is not related to his track star.
Thomas' improvement is due to his worth ethic, his coach said.
“The only thing I had to do with it is give him the workouts and let him go for it,” he said.
Thomas' brother, Lamar Dewberry, is a former state track champion for John Marshall High School and also has been helping his younger brother train.
“We've both been saying the same thing to Mikey, 'Work hard,'“ Tim Thomas said. “It paid off.”
Thomas was the quarterback for Northeast's football team and signed with Northwestern Oklahoma State University to play wide receiver.
However, his success in track this spring has him second guessing that choice. He is thinking about going to a school that has both a football and track program.
“I've been telling him that track is the way to go,” Tim Thomas said.