High School Runner of the Month: Tyson Miller

San Marcos' Tyson Miller

San Marcos’ Tyson Miller

A lot can happen in 400 meters and Tyson Miller’s season was all about learning to take full advantage of it.

When it came down to the do-or-die moment of the spring,  the San Marcos sophomore ran a complete race and posted a personal best at CIF Prelims, qualifying him for Finals for the first time.

“The reason why he went on is because he ran the entire race,” explained Royals head coach Marilyn Hangtin. “There were guys that pretty much gave up. Like just over the line they stopped. He did not give up until way past the line and that’s really what got him to Finals.

“And that showed him, that’s what it’s all about, running the whole race.”

Miller bought in this season and it paid off. He learned how to relax during the first half of the race in order to be strong for the finish. The improved focus on strategy helped him overcome the effects of an early-season hamstring injury and take steps forward as a track runner.

“I definitely worked a lot this year on staying relaxed because I had a lot of problems with that in previous years,” Miller said. “I’d go out way too hard, or with too much energy, and then be practically jogging back this way.”

It isn’t a overall fitness problem. Miller is a two-sport varsity athlete who comes to the track team in prime condition following basketball season. His athletic ability coupled with a positive attitude puts his trajectory at being a leader for both teams over the next two years.

Miller also competed in the 200 in meets this spring, but Hantgin sees growth potential in the 800 meters. Whatever happens, Hantgin is looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish.

“Deep down in my heart I think he could run the 800,” Hantgin said.

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SB Running CompanyThe High School Runner of the Month award recognizes local prep runners that exemplify the term “Student-Athlete” by demonstrating leadership, passion and excellence in high school athletics.  The annual campaign recognizes athletes from March through November.

Thanks to Santa Barbara Running Company  for making this award possible and for supporting local athletes.