RYAN THOMPSON, junior, McKean track and field
THE WEEK: Won the boys Division II 300-meter hurdles in 39.64 seconds at the DIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last Monday at Dover High. Came back Wednesday to win the same event at the Meet of Champions in 39.70.
THE INTENSITY: “I came out with a lot of intensity,” Thompson said. “That was my main goal, just to come out and just prove who I was this whole season.”
THE CLOCK: Thompson was actually a little disappointed with his times, after he ran a season-best 39.25 at the New Castle County Championships on May 14 at Baynard Stadium. “My start isn’t where it needs to be,” he said. “That’s what my coach and I are working on. But the finish, that’s where I get all my money from.”
THE COACH SAYS: “Ryan is our leader,” said Matt Carre, McKean’s assistant track coach. “He’s been doing it all season, and he seems to get better and better as the year goes on. It’s just exciting to watch him work.”
THE FINISH: “I didn’t really get out as fast as I wanted to,” Thompson said. “I’m just glad I won. I was in second coming off the third-to-last hurdle, but I was very confident. I know that’s my strongest part of the race.”
THE HEART: Thompson already has a goal for next season – lowering the state record of 37.23 seconds set by William Penn’s Alonzo Wiggins in 1993. The key will be improving his starts to match his powerful finishes. “After the backstretch it’s just all heart,” Thompson said. “You’ve just got to give it your all.”
THE DESIRE: “It’s his work ethic. That’s his passion,” Carre said. “He works in our practices… He’s constantly working to perfect his craft.”
THE LEADERSHIP: “My teammates are everything,” Thompson said. “They help me with some things at practice, and I help them.”
THE CLASSROOM: “My favorite subject is science, forensics,” Thompson said. “I want to go to college for forensics.”
THE FUTURE: Thompson has already received some recruiting interest to continue his track career at the next level. “I want to go to college and make my mom proud,” he said.
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