Garrett Tyler established a new outdoor personal record Saturday as he confidently cleared 6 feet, 6 inches in the high jump competition at the prestigious MileStat Invitational, which draws the top track and field athletes from throughout central Virginia and beyond. He also competed in the long and triple jumps, establishing marks of 21 feet, 6.5 inches and 44 feet, 5 inches, while finishing fourth and 11th, respectively.
“I consider myself a high jumper, but I’m trying to make myself more attractive to college programs by developing my horizontal jumps,” explained Tyler. “I’ve also worked really hard in my SAT prep class and look forward to testing next Saturday.” Tyler has drawn recruiting interest from Radford, North Carolina Central, Norfolk State and Hampton.
Garrett chuckles as he looks back fondly to his introduction to high jumping as a young athlete at Falling Creek. “Coach Miles introduced me to the sport in the auxiliary gym. It just clicked with me,” he said. He credits his present coach, Rickey Brown, with helping him improve his technique.
“Coach Brown has a great eye for the high jump. He has helped me become a much better technical jumper,” Tyler said.
Brown returns the compliments, praising Garrett’s work ethic and desire to learn. He believes that his star has yet to scratch the surface as a high jumper.
Over the next several weeks, Tyler will challenge for a District championship in the high jump and should place in the long and triple jumps, as Meadowbrook hopes to wrestle team honors away from the likes of Thomas Dale and Matoaca.
In Garrett’s case, the sky is literally the limit.