Devastator of the week: First-Year Tyler Morris

This week’s devastator of the week is Tyler Morris `23. Morris has gotten off to a blazing hot start since making his way to Mayflower Hill from Weston, Mass. In Williamstown, Massachusetts, Morris was given an opportunity to shine Nov. 2nd in the Cross Country NESCAC Championships. Colby’s Mules were without Collins Kibet `22, a regular scorer, but they still managed to finish 4th with the help of a monster performance from Morris. It has been a seamless transition and Tyler credits that, in part, to the team phenomenal culture.

“I have been very fortunate with my rookie debut and have even surprised myself a little bit. It is a huge testament to Coach Jared Beers’ training plan and being able to work closely with my teammates on a daily basis. My main goal going into this year was to make the varsity lineup and do everything I can to help the team.”

This weekend, Morris not only cemented his role in the varsity lineup, but as one of the fastest Mules in the pack. He has worked closely with Coach Beers to take the NESCAC by storm, and it’s hard to think training hasn’t played a huge role in Morris’s development. the Echo asked Morris about his pre-meet routine. 

“Like most distance runners I always carbo-load the night before and on race day get myself pumped up to compete.”

With ample preparation and steady routine, Morris beat out over 150 other runners to come in 9th place this weekend. Despite preparing since the summer, Morris’’ season is far from over.

“The season has been going very well, and we are all very excited for championship season. We have many members of the team competing at United States of America Track and Field (USATFs) this weekend, and we are all excited to see how they do. Personally, I will not be competing, as I will be preparing with our regionals team for the regionals meet at Bowdoin a week from Nov. 9th. The regionals meet will determine if we go to nationals, which has been our central goal since we began training for the season this past summer. We are all very excited for what we have in store.”

For those unfamiliar with cross-country postseason, the team will participate in a number of meets, with some leading to national NCAA success. Morris will be resting up to take regionals by the collar and fly into nationals at one hundred percent. This group of Mules has the depth to take these meets by storm and shock a few stronger teams on the way. The team is young and hungry for success, with levels of support that stretch from the gym, to the meet, to beyond athletics completely. Morris is incredibly humble about his killer weekend, crediting the entire team, not just himself.

“It’s a great feeling, but to be honest, it was a team effort and everyone has been putting in so much work to put our team in the best position possible. I especially wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of my training partners Eli Decker, and Ewan Frick. I have been so fortunate to be able to work together with them during workouts and meets.”

The foundation of men’s Cross Country is built upon training, hard work, and dedication. The day-in day-out grind of running mile after mile for the chance to cash out during each meet. Tyler’s future is looking bright 

An exciting postseason and three whole years to go, keep an eye out for this Mule’s future. He leaves the week with grace and consideration in the form of a little shout-out. 

“I would like to throw a major shout out to everyone on the team for being such a great group of people and making myself and all the other freshmen on the team feel right at home during our transition to Colby. I feel so blessed to be a part of such a fantastic team with a truly incredible coach.”