Adam Thompson is no stranger to leaving spectators impressed.
Whether on the football field or at a track meet, the Hurricane High senior’s blazing speed can’t help but leave one in awe. His likeable demeanor also plays a role in how people gravitate into rooting for the letterman.
Thompson has helped the Tigers maintain its winning ways in football in recent years, which included a 2011 state championship. Yet his final curtain call will be on the track where he hopes to medal in consecutive seasons.
“Adam is a great person and is respected by everyone in our school. He could ‘big time’ people, but never does. He is kind to everyone in our school,” said Tigers football coach Chris Homer. “Adam was a huge part of our state championship team two seasons ago and the three years he played varsity football we won Region 9 championships as well, just a great athlete, even better person.”
The track events Thompson is participating in this spring are the 100 and 200 meters, the high jump, and long jump. Last year, he took first at state with a leap of 22 feet, 91/4 inches. Nevertheless, Thompson’s best chance to medal at state this time around could be in the 100 meters where he has performed extremely well this season, including a big win at the recent Desert Hills Invitational.
“Football speed and track speed is just different,” Thompson said. “Football is more agility, and track it comes down to your preparedness and speed. … The one thing I like about track is it’s more of an individual challenge. It comes down to how bad you really want it.”
Thompson’s ability will not only give him a chance to medal at state, but perhaps set a record in the 100 meters. He hopes to run a 10.7 and is preparing diligently to do just that.
Yet unlike football, track requires more conditioning and less on heavy lifting in the weight room. Thompson added being well rested is key, particularly, before big meets, such as region coming up next week.
Thompson said his prep career has gone in a blink of an eye, similar to how he bedazzles would-be defenders on the football field.
“It’s definitely hit me that this is my last year, but I am ready to make the move towards college,” Thompson said. “I hope to be making a decision within the next couple of weeks. … Most likely I will be attending an in-state school.”
Sources have said SUU has made Thompson a scholarship offer for track, but the Tigers senior is still keeping his options open. Perhaps those are football options, but only time will tell where he goes from here.
What is known is he’ll be a force within the track scene for at least the next few weeks. Sure, he knows there are many formidable challengers in each of the events he’ll be taking part in. Nonetheless, it’s those types of things that motivate him to keep pushing his athletic limits further.
Although these challengers aren’t sizable linebackers trying to take him down with brute force, Thompson knows they have similar abilities to his on the track, and it’s going to come down to who is better prepared mentally and physically between the lines.
“Every year there’s hard competition, but I know I’m ready for it,” Thompson said. “I think this time at state will be easier just for the fact I gained that experience last year, so nothing is going to be new to me or catch me off guard.”
Thompson did endure an injury at a recent meet, yet he isn’t too concerned about it becoming a lingering issue going forward.
“I did pull my hamstring, but it’s not that bad of a pull and I’m saving myself for region and state, so I can be 100 percent and ready to win,” Thompson said.