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    Lafayette’s Michael Tyler Flying High During Breakout Season

    Lafayette senior track athlete Michael Tyler Jr. is currently in the middle of a breakout indoor track and field season.

    This season, Tyler set his personal record in the high jump by clearing 6-foot-9, is currently ranked eighth nationally in the high jump among high school athletes and recently committed to Division I Hampton University for track and field on Feb. 3.
    During his Feb. 3 official visit to Hampton University, Tyler said he fell in love with the brotherhood and camaraderie surrounding the school and track program. Tyler felt such a good vibe during his visit that he sought Hampton Track Coach Maurice Pierce to verbally commit to the Pirates.

    Committing to college has been a good first step for Tyler, who has never been satisfied with being average and has many goals he still wants to achieve, which includes earning All-American honors during the New Balance National Indoors in March

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    afayette High senior Michael Tyler, whose 6-foot-9 high jump in December ranks him No. 4 nationally and first in the state for the indoor track and field season, has committed to Hampton University. Tyler said he visited Hampton earlier this week and informed Pirates head track and field coach Maurice Pierce and recruiting coordinator Marcus Jones of his decision. Tyler said there were a number of reasons he picked HU, among them the athletes it has sent to recent Olympics and Pierce's experience as a coach for United States Olympic and international teams.

    Tyler said he will probably redshirt his first year at Hampton to focus on academics. After that, Tyler expects to compete in multiple events, including perhaps the hurdles, for the Pirates.
    "I knew Hampton is one of the great historically black colleges and they've had a lot of good athletes," said Tyler, who hopes to major in physical therapy. "When you see all of the athletes they've sent to the Olympics in track, they have a great tradition."