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Meet Tinian’s multi-sport athlete, Tyler Santos

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TINIAN’S Tyler Santos is a multi-sport athlete who has won Athlete of the Month and Most Outstanding Athlete awards.

Santos began his journey as an athlete in the seventh grade but it wasn’t until his freshman year at Tinian Jr. Sr. High School when he decided to make a switch from sprinting to middle and longer distance races.

“Ever since I was little, I’ve always been into playing all kinds of sports and anything that could really keep me active,” he said. “I always loved football, but ever since we moved back to Tinian, I was limited to basketball, track & field, cross country and volleyball.”

He added,  “I didn’t get into track until the seventh grade.” Since then, Santos has made an appearance in several local races and later got an opportunity to represent the CNMI in 2018 at the Oceania Micronesian Regional Championships and the Micronesian Games where he won silver in the 1500m race, bronze in the 3000m race and bonze in the 1500m race. He also represented the CNMI at the 2019  Oceania Athletics Association Championships in Townsville, Australia.

 “I was never the greatest athlete, but it was my will and determination that got me to where I am today,” he said. “There’s no greater feeling than feeling proud to reach the goals I set for myself.”

Santos graduated this year from Tinian Jr. Sr. High School and plans to attend Northern Marianas College for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He wants to be a USAF combat controller specialist in special warfare.

He also wishes to represent the CNMI in future regional and international track & field competitions. 

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