LINCOLN – Cayden Spencer-Thompson is a rare talent.
“Our town Lincoln has 5,000 people in it so it s not everyday that I get to go to New York City and compete with the best in the nation,” Spencer-Thompson said.
The small town Maine kid took on the “Big Apple” as he came in fourth in the triple jump at the New Balance Nationals just a few weeks ago.
“It does intimidate me a lot because they have all these coaches and they have all the facilities they need and I’m from this tiny school in Lincoln, Maine so I’m pretty proud to put my school on the map actually,” Spencer-Thompson said.
What makes the feat even more impressive is that Spencer-Thompson did it while playing football in the fall and basketball in the winter. The Lynx star said playing both sports were important to his high school experience.
“I made a brotherhood during football, same thing during basketball. So it’s just like the experience you get when you play. When people grow up and get out of high school they wish they could go back. So I don’t want to take my time for granted here in high school,” Spencer-Thompson said.
During the winter season, Spencer-Thompson spent any spare time he had jumping at the University of Maine field house or lifting in the gym. Now the focus is on the outdoor track season and after making headlines in New York, Spencer-Thompson is looking to take his game to a new level.
“I want to break the 50 foot mark that’s been my goal since I was a little kid watching the Olympics. If I can jump 50 feet I’ll be happy and I jumped almost 49 feet a few weeks ago in New York,” Spencer-Thompson said.
Several big time colleges have already contacted Spencer-Thompson, something he never thought would happen. Despite the lofty expectations for this season and beyond, Spencer-Thompson is trying to take a more modest approach.
“I don t want to say I’m amazing and all this stuff and get negative attention so I’m trying to just stay as humble as I can.