|High School:||Cathedral Catholic|
Personal bests: 8K - 26:17 (UCR '10)
High School: Cross County Team Captain (’09)… Track Team Captain (’09, ’10)… 2010 CCHS Male Academic Athlete of the Year… Most Valuable Runner (’09)… 2009 First Team All-Academic San Diego Union Tribune… Three-time San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team…
Personal: Son of Karen and Dick… Younger sister Kelsey… Younger brothers Michael and Daniel… Interned at Micro-mode Products as chemical engineer intern (summer ’09)… Interned at HMElectronics as a manufacturing engineer intern and looked after his twin brothers (summer ’10)…
Favorite Athlete: Meb Keflezighi.
Favorite Activity Outside of Cross Country: Playing other sports. I particularly enjoy intramurals around the 5Cs.
Tyler likes to start his long runs at Roberto’s. Roberto’s is a burrito place tucked right against Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego. Energized by the aroma of hot tortillas and fresh guacamole, Tyler likes to run down to the shore, head north on the bluffs—where he enjoys a sweeping view of the lovely Pacific—and continue north to Solana Beach and ultimately Cardiff. The run sounds pretty ideal as it is, but for Tyler, certain conditions must be met. The temperature is 70 degrees, no more, no less. Some cotton ball clouds dot the sky…point break sets in the ocean…and it is mid afternoon. “It has to be mid-afternoon,” Tyler explains, “because that’s when the sun calmly overlooks the sea and casts its reflective gaze on the surface of the water.” Tyler says he also needs plenty of friendly beach-goers around to yell things like “OW OW!” at him while he runs by.
A junior at Mudd, the San Diego native is majoring in Engineering. He started running his sophomore year at Cathedral Catholic High School after it dawned on him that being 5’11” and 135 pounds wouldn’t cut it for the football team. Tyler’s dad—who has been running since 8th grade and still runs today—is his number one inspiration and was the main reason he started running. “In my first year I made the varsity team,” Tyler reflects, “and I realized, hey, I’m not bad at this! So now I’m stuck kicking my butt every day physically just so I can go out and pummel myself into the ground on weekends and help CMS live up to its standards of excellence.”