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November 18, 2013

Kyler Thompson catches up and excels

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McALESTER —

A three-sport athlete, Thompson said he enjoys powerlifting most of all.

“That’s got to be the best feeling, getting hyped before lifting,” Thompson said.

“I just try to get stronger in any way and do anything I can to help my body, to get the heaviest weight out of my body that I can.”

Similar to football, Thompson said his opponents at State seemed more developed and farther along. Thompson said he plans to do powerlifting again this year, and he has his sights set on winning a state title.

Once powerlifting ends, Thompson said he plans to return to the track and field team. Thompson started that spring sport in junior high, took two years off, then came back to it last year.

Though he could only jump 5-foot-8 at the beginning of last season, Thompson said he added six inches across the spring, eventually jumping 6-foot-2. He qualified for the 5A state meet in the high jump and finished 13th.

Though again Thompson said he felt like he was playing from behind, the entire 2012 Buffs track team had to play from behind, as they had no practice track due to construction at Hook Eales Stadium and basically could only train at meets.

This spring the Buffs should have their track complex back up and running, hopefully leading to improved track and field performances across the board.

“I want to win it,” Thompson said of the state high jumping competition. “The person that won it cleared 6-6, and that was (former Buffs high jumper Zach) Skimbo, so just four inches away from my height. I think I can get four inches in a whole year.”

Though powerlifting may be his favorite sport, track seems to be Thompson’s future. He said he’ll attend Bacone College in Muskogee next year on a partial track scholarship, and he plans to major in international trade.

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