Senior Spotlight: Tyler Schwartz of Dekalb

Athlete Name: Tyler Schwartz

What was your most memorable meet and why?
    - My most memorable meet would be running the 2016 State Cross Country Championship. I would've never thought in a million years of becoming a state champ. I didn't run that race for myself, I ran it for my coach, family, teammates, school, and the fans that I created.  

Where did you face your biggest competition? 
   - I faced my biggest competition at Nike Cross Nationals. You're racing against the best of the best in the nation who all want the same outcome, to win. 

Out of all of your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most and why?
    - Making it to Nike Cross Nationals, I always dreamed of going, but I didn't think it'd actually happen. Nike Cross Nationals is something that every high school distance runner wants to do, but only a few make it and that's what makes it so special. 

If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your running career in high school?
    - Not getting injured or sick

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome during your HS Track career?
     - Junior year of making it to state for track, I came down with strep throat the week of state. I told my coach that I wasn't going to run, but he told me I'd regret it later if I didn't go out there and just try. I gave it all I had that day with a fever of 100 and it just wasn't there. 

What will you miss the most?
    - Running with my teammates, having my coach around, and running against some friends I made through this sport. 

Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
    - Don't let people underestimate you for your height. Everyone and anyone has the ability to do anything no matter how tall or short you are. 

What are your post-high school or college plans?
    - I will attend Bradley University where I will continue my academic and athletic career. 

Who would you like to say thank you to?
   - I would like to say thank you to my coach, Wade Buchs. I wouldn't be the runner I am today if it wasn't for him and his great coaching ability. I'd also like to thank my family, friends, and fans for driving all over Indiana to watch me compete in any type of weather conditions if its only for 11-18 minutes.