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College track: Wilsonville alum Ben Thomas clocks career-best steeplechase time at Pacific Twilight


Ben ThomasBen Thomas wasn’t exactly an experienced steeplechase runner when he arrived at Pacific University.

But ever since getting his feet wet with the Boxers — literally — he’s made significant improvement.

The Wilsonville alumnus took third place in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase race May 2 during the Pacific Twilight meet at Lincoln Park Stadium in Forest Grove.

Thomas finished the event in a career-best time of 10 minutes 11.12 seconds, trimming nearly 17 seconds off the 10:27.68 he clocked at the Northwest Conference championships April 25-26 in Tacoma, Wash.

As a freshman, the Tualatin product is now ranked No. 7 on the Boxers’ all-time list.

By Jeff Goodman
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