JOHNSTOWN - During her senior year at Gloversville High School, Chanel Thomas set school records in the long jump, triple jump for both the indoor and outdoor track teams as well as claiming six sectional track championships en route to two trips to the state championship meet.
Her track and field accomplishments, as well as solid performances on the soccer pitch, earned Thomas the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Female Athlete of the Year honor at the annual sports awards banquet Wednesday night at the Holiday Inn.
"I am surprised and really wasn't expecting it. I am in shock," Thomas said. "It means the world to me. When he [Tom Roehl] was reading off everything accomplished, I couldn't believe it. I am speechless. I worked so hard and this is the reward."
Broadalbin-Perth’s Andre Taylor, left, and Gloversville’s Chanel Thomas pose with their awards after they received the Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards at the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Sports Award Banquet at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
The area’s top athletes were recognized during the banquet. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
During the 2013-14 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons, Thomas won indoor sectional championships in the 55-meter hurdles, long jump, and triple jump; and outdoors won the Group 2 sectional crowns in the 100-meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump, earning a berth on the Section II team at the state championship meet in all three events.
Opting to participate in the pentathlon at the state qualifiers, Thomas won the Division 1 (large school) title for the second-straight year and earned her second consecutive trip to the state track and field championships, which will be held this weekend at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
During her four-year varsity career at Gloversville, Thomas set indoor track records in the triple jump (35-08), long jump (17-10), 55-meter hurdles (8.69), and 50-meter hurdles (8.0), and was a member of the record-setting sprint medley and 800-meter relay teams.
Fulton County Athletes of the Year
2014: Chanel Thomas, Gloversville
2013: Alexis Capasso, Gloversville
2012: Brynn Hlozansky, Johnstown
2011: Jade Woodend, Mayfield
2010: Rebecca Graudons, Mayfield
2009: Chelsea Paul, Northville
2008: Chelsea Gruet, Broadalbin-Perth
2007: Kristen Bouchard, Oppenheim-Ephratah
2006: Kayla May, Johnstown; Kristin Mraz, Johnstown
2005: Katie Lowerre, Northville
2004: Carla Cosselman, Mayfield
2003: Melanie Hamm, Johnstown
2002: Megan Olds, Gloversville
2001: Mary Ellis, Gloversville
2000: Missy Krempa, Johnstown
1999: Kate Underwood, Johnstown
1998: Angie Gray, Oppenheim-Ephratah
1997: Heidi Gifford, Northville; Jill Gifford, Northville
1996: Amber Smith, Johnstown
1995: Cynthia Oppenheimer, Oppenheim-Ephratah
1994: Jocelyn Naple, Broadalbin-Perth; Nicolle Flood, Mayfield
1993: Stephanie Hart, Johnstown
1992: Joanne Einemann, Mayfield; Jenn Groff, Northville
1991: Jeanne Dupree, Gloversville
1990: Stacie Hime, Mayfield
1989: Amy Jane Lilie, Johnstown
1988: Katrina Springer, Broadalbin-Perth
Outdoors, she established new marks in the pentathlon (3,037 points), heptathlon (3,753 points), 100-meter hurdles (14.9), long jump (17-6.25), triple jump (36-01) and was a member of the record-setting 400-meter relay team.
Thomas also was ranked in the top 20 in the nation at the 2013 New Balance National Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon and was the 100-meter hurdles champion at the 2013 Dartmouth Relays.
On the soccer field, Thomas was a four-year starter, earning first-team Foothills Council status in her junior and senior years, and was a second team all-star as a sophomore.
She netted 18 goals in her senior season en route to scoring 46 career goals.
Thomas is undecided on her college plans at this time, but is looking to pursue a career in nursing.