Track is a sport that relies heavily on endurance and conditioning. Especially when it comes to the art of distance running.
Senior captain and distance runner Dylan Tyrrell can definitely attest to that.
Throughout his career as a Prof, he has found success in both the 3000 and 500 meter runs. He recently took second place in the 3000 meter at the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) tournament with a time of 8:49.38.
In the 2018 outdoor season at the Danny Curran Invitational, Tyrrell also ran top time of 15:53.77 in the 5000 meter run.
There’s one essential aspect that matters the most to him when choosing his favorite between the two.
“It depends on the season,” Tyrrell said. “Indoor, I prefer the 3K run but I do find the outdoor 5k run easier. Like I said, it really depends on the season.”
Running is a sport that not only your challenges body but your mind. Eight to 15 minutes of straight running can be grueling on the legs but it’s hard to stay focused with a winner’s mentality. Tyrrell has that figured out.
“I enjoy competition with peers. I try to be the best I can and beat the best,” Tyrrell said. “Also, I just enjoy running over long periods of time. You get a certain satisfaction that you don’t get from many things in life.”
Head Coach and NJAC Coach of the Year Dustin Dimit is someone that has seen Tyrrell blossom over the years that he has coached him. From 3000 and 5000 meter runs to relay and one mile runs, Dimit has seen him finish in the top three of each category on multiple occasions.
Even though it seems like Tyrrell has firmly reached his potential, Dimit knows the work is never done.
“In our sport, there is always room to improve,” Dimit said. “People compete long after college sometimes because you don’t hit your peek for distance running really until your early 30s. He has room to continue to get better. He’s putting in the work and I’m sure he’s going to see those results.”
As the All-Atlantic Region Track & Field Championships are approaching this Friday and Saturday at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, Tyrrell will be looking to add another achievement to his college career.
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