By Alex Byington
Harker Heights Herald
Raised in a military household, home has always been a fluid concept for Kyle Thompson.
Attending four separate high schools in three different states, the Harker Heights senior distance runner has moved around most of his life.
But after making an official visit to the University of Texas two weeks ago, Thompson may have found his home for the next four years.
"I've moved around everywhere, so everywhere is pretty much home for me," he said. "But visiting UT, it felt like home there - it felt good."
Thompson, who won gold in the 800-meter run (1:50.80) at the Class 5A state track and field meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium in May on the UT campus, gave his verbal commitment to run for the Longhorns.
"Winning state was just an amazing feeling, but especially winning it in Texas," Thompson said. "So it's going to be cool to run for Texas. ... (It) just felt like that's where I needed to be and where my future will be."
Thompson had previously won a state title in the 800 as a sophomore in Kansas, and attended the state meet as a freshman in Idaho, but the California native said Texas was a perfect fit for him.
"Honestly, I liked everything about it and I didn't see any negatives in committing, I guess," Thompson said.
He chose UT over UCLA, Kansas and Texas A&M, where fellow Heights state champions Aliese Hyde and Melissa Mays are currently members of the track team,
"I really liked the coaches, my teammates were pretty cool and the facilities were amazing," Thompson said. "I don't know, it just felt right I guess."
Before visiting as a recruit, Thompson made his mark on the UT campus by besting the rest of his 800 competition by nearly two seconds at state, and prior to that at the 83rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in April.
Thompson, who is currently competing in cross country at Heights, said he expects to run both sports at Texas.
But while he may have his future planned out, Thompson still has plenty he still wants to accomplish in high school - including breaking a time of 1:47.
"I want to finish cross country, win state again in the 800 this year, and try to go to the Nike Nationals," he said.
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