Thomas Purnell
Thomas Purnell
Year: Senior
Hometown: Gloucestershire, U.K.
High School: Marling Grammar School
Position: Distance
Major: Economics
House Affiliation: Dunster

Personal Bests
800 meters - 1:58.06 (O)
1,500 meters - 3:47.99 (O)
Mile - 4:02.75 (I)
3,000 meters - 8:05.58 (I) 
5,000 meters - 13:59.42 (O)

Team captain … Ran a season-best time in the indoor 3000 at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, running an 8:18.99 … Posted season-best times in the outdoor 1500 and 5000, at the Raleigh Relays and Virginia Challenge, respectively, with times of 3:53.38 and 14:40.79 … Finished third in the 3000 at the annual Harvard vs. Yale meet, with a season-best time of 8:27.76 … Placed 12th in the 5000 at the Ivy League Outdoor Championships, running a 14:43.37. 

Recorded indoor personal best and fourth-fastest time in school history in the mile with a time of 4:02.75 at the Terrier Invite … Placed seventh overall in the distance medley relay with a time of 10:03.78 at indoor Heps … Finished first overall in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:08.67 at HYP … Completed the 1500m run for his personal best time of 3:47.99 at the UVA Challenge.  

Competed in the 5,000m run at the NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track & Field Championships after qualifying for the NCAA East Preliminaries … Finished fourth overall with a personal best time of 13:59.42 in the 5,000m run at the Mr. SAC Relays … Placed second with a personal best time of 3:49.34 in the 1,500m run against Yale … Placed third in the 4,000m distance medley with a time of 9:51.95 at the Penn Relays … Finished seventh at indoor Heps in the 5K. 

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 cross country season at the IC4A Championships with a time of 25:46.1 Nov. 17 ... Finished sixth in 5000 at IC4A outdoor championships.

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.