Bogalusa graduate signs with Southern

Published 12:36 pm Friday, June 17, 2022

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Hutchinson Community College’s Clyedterrious Thompson has signed a letter of intent to attend Southern University in Baton Rouge for track/field.

“I just want to take this time to acknowledge the coaches and staff at Hutchinson Community College for the opportunity to be a part of their program,” Thompson said. “First, I want to thank God because without him nothing is possible. I want to thank my parents for the assistance and support thus far. To my coaches, (Bogalusa) coach (Eddie) Walker, (Bogalusa assistant) coach Speedy (Butler) and (Bogalusa assistant) coach (Aubry) Watson. Thank you for realizing my ability as a track athlete and a big thank you to my current coach (Robert) Spies and Mrs. Coach Spies for the development and understanding through my college career. These people I name never gave up on me and I want to say thanks again. My decision was very hard, but I surely made a great one. Hutchinson Community College has shown me that you can have downfalls as long as you don’t give up. My dream was to make something of myself while keeping a smile on my family and friends face. Through all the battles, everyone I counted on stayed down. That’s why I will continue my academics and athleticism to Southern University. Thanks (Southern assistant) coach (Freddie) Glover and (Southern head) coach (Teremine) White.”

Thompson, who graduated from Bogalusa High School in 2020, leaves Hutchinson with his name in the school’s record books with six top-10 finishes in school history with three in indoor and three in outdoor competition.

In indoor events, Thompson tied for third in the 60 meters with a time of 6.78 seconds.

Thompson is part of the fourth best 4×400 relay time at 3 minutes, 20.31 seconds.

He is ninth in the 200 at 22.00.

In outdoor events, Thompson is third in school history for the 100 that he ran in 10.35.

He is fifth in school history in the 200 and he was part of the 4×100 with times of 21.35 and 40.88.

Thompson also qualified for nationals several times.

Last year, he reached nationals in the indoor long jump at 21 feet, 5.5 inches.

This year, in indoor competition, Thompson made it to nationals in the 60 and the 4×400.

For outdoor, he made it to nationals in the 100, 200 and the 4×100 relay.

His best 100 time is 10.35, while his top 200 result is 21.35. His best 4×100 time is 40.88, which was at this year’s nationals.

Thompson leaves Hutchinson with a degree in sports management. At Southern, he will major in business.