Meet Jaron Thomas. He’s currently working on his doctorate in audiology at the University of North Texas, where he’s also on the school’s track and field team. Before that, he competed for four years at the University of Colorado.
“I love UNT,” he tells Outsports in a new interview, “but Colorado is my home for college track and field. It’s always going to feel like that to me, I think. UNT is just great athletically, and it’s going to be a second home for sure.”
The openly gay 6’1, 170-pound track star is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Last week, he ranked 12th in the 60-meter hurdles (8.25 seconds) at the Texas Tech Classic. The week before that, he ranked sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.21 seconds) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“Last year, I beat the school record three times,” he says. “My ultimate goal is to break the school record and win a conference championship”
He continues, “I would like to win Conference USA in the 60 hurdles, get some points for my team, and help out on the relay.”
So what’s the secret to his success? (Aside from lots of hard work and dedication, that is.)
No, seriously. It’s nail polish. Thomas wears it any time he competes. He says he runs his best times when wearing it.
“I like to paint my nails in my own free time,” he says. “Now, it’s a thing that I do when I’m feeling good about races.”
“It’s just become a mojo thing.”
Hey, whatever works!
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