Tyler Severson, senior sprinter, Round Rock Christian Academy.
What has been your favorite track and field memory from high school?
Getting second (in the 200 meters) at the (TAPPS) state meet during my sophomore year. I was the underdog with the seventh-fastest time before the meet. By leaning in forward with my head, I passed almost everyone up to get the silver medal. Either that or winning two golds (in the 100 and 200 meters) in my junior year at the state meet.
Do you have any track superstitions?
Before a a race, I listen to the song “Composure” by August Burns Red. Once I’m in the blocks, I say a quick little prayer to keep everyone injury-free and that we all run to the best of our ability.
Has track and field taught you any lessons that you apply in day to day life?
Just knowing that there are people out there who can beat you, it teaches you how to get back up and just keep going. Just keep working, I guess. And in all things, I try to glorify God, on and off the track.
Outside of sports, what do you like most about Round Rock Christian Academy?
With smaller classes, we get more one-on-one time with the teachers.
What class that you’ve taken in high school will benefit you the most after you graduate?
It’s a class called “Financial Peace.” I’m learning how to manage my money.
If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, who would they be?
Matt Greiner (drummer for August Burns Red), (Serbian-American inventor) Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison and my grandpa (Roger Severson).
Tell me about your grandfather.
My grandfather and I are basically clones of each other. He ran track in high school and participated in the same events that I do — the 100 and 200. We both hold the school records in these events. My grandfather has held his records for more than 50 years. We both also share a love for technology and how things work.
If you had a choice of being All-State in track and field or valedictorian of your class, what would you choose?
All-State, by far. I’d choose that because it’s a physical activity. I’m not a big fan of reading textbooks.
Other than family or pets, if you could save only one personal item from a house fire, what would it be?
That’s a tough one, but it would probably be my collection of music.
Do you have college plans?
I plan on going to Hardin-Simmons this fall and running track there.
Tell something about yourself that most people don’t know.
I have a great love of music, and all of the technical stuff that goes into making great music.
What’s your all-time favorite movie?
By far, “Anchorman.” I can recite half the movie.