It was [guidance counselor Lauren] Randolph who delivered the dire warning to Tyner last spring. If he didn't get his grades up, she’d tell him, he’d be going “D3 or to Mount Shasta” — either to an NCAA Division III school, or to College of the Siskiyous, a junior college near Mount Shasta in North California.
“When I went through sports, everything was just kind of given to me — the speed, the strength and all that,” said Tyner, who goes about 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds and has run 100 meters in 10.35 seconds. “Obviously I worked hard, working out. But I’ve got to do it on and off the field. The gifts don’t come free. You've got to work with it.”
“I don’t like sitting on the sideline,” Tyner said.
Thanks to all his hard work in the classroom over the past year, it appears he won’t have to.
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