For the second year in a row, Lower Richland High School track star Tyler Graves has been named Gatorade South Carolina Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Tyler as South Carolina’s best high school boys track and field athlete. As the state winner, he is now a finalist for the prestigious national award to be announced in July.
Lower Richland head boys track coach Michael Steward says Tyler is impressive on the track, as well as in the classroom where he maintained a 3.55 GPA.
“Before the coronavirus pandemic cancelled the Indoor High School National Championship, Tyler had the second-best time in the nation with a time of 7.77 in the 60-meter hurdles. Tyler established a new school record in the 110-meter hurdles (13.81 seconds) and 400-meter hurdles record (53.09 seconds) in the 2019-20 track season.”
In this spring’s abbreviated outdoor season, Tyler ranked among the Top 10 nationally in the 110-meter high hurdles and the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. He also won both of those races at the 2019 Class 4A outdoor state meet with clockings that rank among the top five in state history.
A member of Lower Richland’s National Society of Black Engineers Jr. as well as the Technology Student Association, Tyler has volunteered locally repairing houses for the economically disadvantaged. He has also donated his time as a youth tutor and track coach.
Coach Steward says family is also a priority for Tyler. “Tyler was determined to be his twin brother’s (Terrance) keeper by securing a track scholarship at Coastal Carolina that included both of them.”
To learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, go to www.Gatorade.com/POY.