For more than a year now, the majority of the talk surrounding Hunter Thompson has been about where he will go to college.
The Pine Bluffs center, jumper, thrower and wide receiver/defensive end initially committed to Creighton on a basketball scholarship, but decommitted and chose to stay home and attend Wyoming as a basketball walk-on. When a scholarship became available, the Cowboys gave it to Thompson, a four-star recruit per ESPN.
But this past weekend was a chance for Thompson to focus on high school, as his Hornets career came to an end at the Wyoming State Track and Field Championships.
“It was nice just to kind of relax and just do my thing,” Thompson said.
Thompson competed in the boys Class 2A high jump, discus and shot put. Friday, he took third in the discus throw (133 feet, 3 inches). Saturday, he finished sixth in the shot put (45-4.75) and seventh in the high jump (6-0).
“Didn’t go as I planned, but overall just kind of sucks to be done,” Thompson said. “But it went all right, I guess.”
Thompson had to weave back and forth between shot put and high jump Saturday as the events were held simultaneously. It’s a balance he’s plenty experienced with, but it’s a challenge nonetheless.
“It’s completely different getting warm for high jump, because high jump you want to go vertical,” Thompson said. “And shot and disc you kind of want to stay loose.”
While he was somewhat disappointed with his weekend, Thompson impressed throughout his Pine Bluffs career.
Last year, when Pine Bluffs won the 2A team title, Thompson took second in the discus throw, third in the high jump and fourth in the shot put. As a sophomore, he was eighth in the high jump, 11th in the shot put and 13th in the discus, and as a freshman he was fifth in the high jump.
Of course, he’s had success outside of track season, too. Pine Bluffs’ football team won the Class 1A/11-man state title Thompson’s senior year.
And obviously, there’s basketball. The Hornets won the state championship in Thompson’s junior year, and at one point, the Hornets won a state record-tying 50 consecutive games. Thompson was named the Star-Tribune Boys Basketball Player of the Year his sophomore season and participated in the National Basketball Players Association’s Top 100 camp the summer before his senior year.
Saturday, one chapter of his athletics career ended.
“Well, it hasn’t really hit me,” Thompson said. “But I’m sure when it does, I’ll probably be emotional, because high school has been such a big part of my life. I kind of live and die by it, but I’m definitely excited for the next chapter of my life.”