The state's returning Gatorade Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound senior clocked a time of 13.43 seconds to break the tape in the 110-meter hurdles at April's Texas Relays, which ranked as the nation's No. 4 time among prep competitors this season at the time of his selection. Thomas won the 110 hurdles at the Class 3A state meet with a time of 13.94. A three-time 110 hurdles title-winner at the Golden South Classic, he was also the 2016 Jamaican Junior National Champion in the event. Thomas holds the 14- and 15-year-old age group national record in the 110.
Thomas has maintained a B average in the classroom and has signed a national letter of intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at Louisiana State University beginning this fall.
Having served in student government, Thomas has donated his time tutoring fellow student-athletes in chemistry, geometry and Algebra 2. He has also volunteered locally as a meet official at AAU track meets in addition to helping coordinate school activities like dances and spirit week. Thomas was selected to represent Northeast High at statewide student leadership conference. "Damion has displayed impeccable qualities of leadership and personality over the past four years, which is why he was a co-captain beginning in his sophomore year," said Northeast head coach Kevin Hanson. "His work ethic is second to none and the tougher the situation gets, the more his performance rises to the occasion. Damion exemplifies a true student-athlete and all-around champion."