Student-Athlete Spotlight: Tyler Morey

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Tyler Morey

Sept. 6, 2007

It was a successful start to the 2007 cross country season last weekend for the Tiger men’s team. Head Coach Bob Pollock entered six competitors in the four-mile Western Carolina Invitational, including freshman Tyler Morey from Combined Locks, WI. He impressed in his first-ever collegiate race, as he crossed the finish line with a first-place finish in a time of 20:34.7. He led the Tigers to the team title with an outstanding total of 19 points. The Tigers return to action on Saturday, September 15 again in Cullowhee, NC for the Catamount Classic. recently caught up with the first-year Pre-Business major from Wisconsin and got to know him a little better.

How did you get interested in running track and/or cross country? I won the gym class mile each year in elementary school so I knew that I had the talent. My mom is also a runner, which triggered my interest for the sport.

What has been your greatest accomplishment as a student-athlete? My greatest accomplishment as an athlete was placing sixth in the Wisconsin state 3200 meter run as a sophomore. I was not a favorite to make the podium (top 6), but I ran a 17 second PR of 9:30 as I stumbled to the finish line. My greatest accomplishment as a student was completing high school with a 4.0 GPA and the honor of Valedictorian.

What did it mean to you to win a cross country race in your first collegiate meet? I am still in shock that I won my first collegiate race. It was really exciting because I honestly had no idea what to expect as a D1 college runner. I thank God every day for blessing me with my running abilities.

Being from Wisconsin, what attracted you to Clemson University and the Southeast area? It is very hard to motivate yourself to train during the winter months in Wisconsin. I really wanted a warm climate for training in the winter. As far as my attraction to Clemson…The moment I stepped foot on this campus, I knew that I was going to be a Clemson Tiger!

What are your goals for this season? My goal in cross country is to make varsity and help our team qualify for the NCAA Championships. In track, I want to improve my times from last season and possibly qualify for Regionals.

Who has been the most influential person in your life (role model)? My Dad has been the biggest role model in my life because he has supported me in everything I do…especially running. He has pushed me to succeed and without his motivation, I wouldn’t be at the level I am at today.

What are you enjoying the most about college life so far? The thing I enjoy most about college is meeting new people who are just as excited to be a part of Clemson University as I am!