We Salute Tyler Stevenson, Central Heights

Name: Tyler Stevenson
School: Central Heights High School

Q: What does your training look like right now given the current situation?
A: Training is at a standstill until next week but it'll mostly consist of long runs with a friend.

Q: What are you doing to stay busy other than run right now?
A: To stay busy I spend time with my friends and family or play video games.

Q: What was your most memorable race/moment?
A: My most memorable race moment was last season in the State Championship 4x800 race. I was the first leg and with 300 meters left I kicked and left a 90 meter gap by the time I passed the baton on to my teammate. Coolest part of that was seeing the big screen and being the only one on there.

Q: What was the funniest thing that happened during your running career?
A: The last day of practice of my 2019 xc season was the funniest moment. The boys squad went on a long run together around our home course and the entire time we sang Christmas ´┐╝carols and sounded pretty good too.

Q: Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?
A: My first two years Dallon Bailey of West Franklin was my biggest competition but these last two years it has been Isaiah Barrera of Stanton County.

Q: What was your greatest accomplishment?
A: My greatest accomplishment was winning the 2018 XC State Championship and setting a record for lowest team score in 2A.

Q: If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?
A: If I were to do it over again I would make sure to eat better, try harder, and value every moment I have with my teammates.

Q: What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
A: The most difficult obstacles I had to overcome were shin splints and the passing of a loved one at the beginning of my xc season.

Q: What will you miss the most?
A: I will miss the trips to state track and xc and all the fun we had while eating Olive Garden and playing games in the hotel room.

Q: What advice would you give to younger athletes?
A: I would tell younger athletes to work their hardest and value the moments because high school is short and you don't want to graduate with regrets.

Q: What kind of an impact has your coach had on you and your team?
A: My coach had an impact on the team and I by making us all believe in ourselves and that when we put the effort in at practice then it shows when it comes to competition.

Q: What are your college plans?
A: I plan on continuing my running career at Ottawa University where I also plan to study Finance.

Q: Who would you like to say 'thank you' to?
A: I would like to thank the parents that supported the team and constantly donated food and water. Thank you coach Prosser and coach Compton for pushing us to be our best everyday and keeping us humble. And thank you mom and dad for always being there for me.

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to add?
A: "Anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift"- Steve Prefontaine

Q: Favorite Meal?
A: Favorite meal is definitely spaghetti.

Q: If you could be any animal what would you choose? and why?
A: The bald eagle because it's free and respected.

Q: Your favorite superhero?
A: My favorite superhero is Thor