Tyler Newcomer Gains in Grand Prixby Bob Platt
Tyler Newcomer came down from the hills of Hagerstown with the goal of capturing the Grand Prix Series. He is now within 4 points of capturing the lead from Ted Poulos.
Tyler was hurt two years ago while training for the Marine Corps Marathon and backed off his running, but as he recovered, he decided to run the RacePacket Grand Prix Series as one of his running goals. I've enjoyed the series, and it has been really good for me. It forces me to be consistent and to commit to racing. When asked if he thought he would end up as the overall Series winner, Tyler modestly replied, We'll see. Ted Poulos has maxed out with eight races, but Chris Banks has targeted the series and may win if he runs all eight races. (Banks now has 115 points, but could earn a total of 155 if he wins the last two races this year. Poulos leads with 127 points and can only earn more if he finishes in the top five spots in those races.) Tyler's standings were hurt because he took off three months earlier this year due to injuries.
Tyler grew up in Chambersburg, PA, in a running family, but did not race until 9th grade. He has been running ever since. From Tyler's friendship with Steve Spence, Tyler decided to attend Shippenburg State for a year, then transferred to Hagerstown Junior College. He has trained under Earl Stoner and was coached by Greg Shenk. Tyler trains with Chris Fox. Due to injuries, Tyler has backed away from track competition and has spent this year competing in longer distances on the road.
The 2001 Reston 10 Miler was the longest race Tyler has ever run, yet he finished second in 55:19. I enjoyed the Reston 10 Miler and wnet into it without any expectations. It was good for me.
Tyler's training consists of 70 to 100 miles a week, and he does not cross-train or lift weights. He lives in Williamsport, MD near the C&O Canal and frequently trains on the towpath. Next year, Tyler plans to compete on the track at either the 5K or 10K in open meets like the Raleigh Relays or the Penn Relays.
Tyler is 26 and teaches 4th grade in Hagerstown.
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