Thomas Purnell
Thomas Purnell
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Gloucestershire, U.K.
High School: Marling Grammar School
Position: Distance

Crossed the line at 24:52, good for the second Harvard finisher in his collegiate debut at the Paul Short Invitational Sept. 28 ... Posted a time of 24:40 which was good enough to be the Crimson's third scorer at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational Oct. 12 ...  Finished his first Heps meet as Harvard’s third scorer and crossed the finish line as 24:29.8 Oct. 27... Finished with a time of 31.37.2 at the NCAA Regionals, and was the fourth Harvard runner across the line Nov. 9 ... Capped off his rookie season at the IC4A Championships with a time of 25:46.1 Nov. 17

Before Harvard
Member of the track and cross country teams for seven years at Wycliffe College and Marling Grammar School ... Captain of the track and cross country teams at Marling 2012 ... Earned Marling sports county honors in 2012 ... Named Gloucestershire Junior Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2011 ... Awarded Wycliffe Best Track and Field Athlete in 2011 ... Ran the anchor leg at national cross country relay championships in 2012 ... Holds the national schools cross country relays fastest all-time leg (new course) ran in 2012 ... Took silver at English Schools Senior 3k in 2012 ... Member of national schools cross country relays winning team in 2011 ... Top of United Kingdom Under-20 3k ranking in 2011 ... Holds the National Road Relays fastest individual leg from 2010 ... Selected Wycliffe Best Sportsman in 2005 ... Also played rugby and soccer for seven years.

Earned the Marling School AS-level High Performance Award ... Recipient of Wycliffe College Chemistry Award in 2010.