Courtesy photo 2010 disappointment turns into state title this summer

From L-R, Armando Espinoza, Sebastian Veloquio, John'te Horace, Abby Bali and Reagan Gallagher were Pasadena Parks & Rec participants at the recent Hershey's state track and field meet in Round Rock. Horace and Veloquio came away with state titles.

Since last summer, it has gnawed and gnawed at Bryson Thompson.

His parents probably noticed something was eating at their son.

From September to May, his teachers may have noticed from time to time something was eating at him.

And if Thompson has any cats, dogs or canaries in the house, they probably even noticed something was eating at him.

But on June 25th, Thompson finally got to relieve what had been eating at him for so long. A second-place finisher in the 800-meter run at the 2010 Hershey’s state track and field meet, Thompson enjoyed a great deal of redemption at Round Rock High School. Competing in the 11 and 12-year-old division, the youngster overcame searing central Texas afternoon temperatures to capture a coveted state championship in the event with a personal-best time of 2:33, defeating the defending state champion in the process.

“I was a little disappointed with the second place and the dude that beat me was there and he got second. So we’re even now,” said Thompson, representing the city’s Parks & Rec track and field team.

This young man obviously loves to run and compete. It’s obvious because this summer’s trip to the Hershey’s state championship was Thompson’s fourth consecutive trip to state. Absolutely nothing was going to get in the way of this trip because he had a score to settle.

“It was just hard work and dedication. It was fun, but you know, you gotta work hard,” Thompson said. “I was shooting (time-wise) for anything I could get but a PR mostly.”

The last obstacle at winning the 800 was conquering the entire field of state qualifiers. After all, there may have been some others in the field, not just the defending champ, with the same desire as Thompson’s to win it all.

“Beat the guy in front of me,” said Thompson, explaining his simple yet effective strategy. “They were pretty fast but I worked real hard for it because I’ve been wanting to take the 800 for the last year-and-a-half. It was kind of good to complete what I started.”

There is a chance that Thompson’s 2:33 time could qualify him for the Hershey’s North American track and field meet in early August in Hershey, Pa. Moore gives Deer Park 6 more points in 800

If team points were being tabulated in each event, Deer Park would have scored 16 points in the 800-meter run because capturing the bronze medal was Kevin Moore, who reached the finish in 2:40, good for third place. At high school track meets when individual races are contested, 10 points goes to first place, eight for second, six for third, etc.

Action in the 1600-meter run saw Jacob Maldonado nab fourth place in the time of 5:48. And Thompson added a fourth place to his day when he ran the 400 meter run in 66 seconds.

The next big summer track event for Deer Park’s young athletes will be the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) regional meet at Pasadena’s Auxiliary Stadium. It’s set for next Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 4 p.m. both days. The field events will kick things off, followed by the running events at