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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Tyler Pack

The Sarasota High senior is sixth in Class 4A in the boys high jump (6 feet, 2.75 inches) as of March 21.

Sarasota High senior Tyler Pack.
Sarasota High senior Tyler Pack.
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Tyler Pack is a senior on the Sarasota High boys track and field team, participating in the high jump and triple jump. Pack is currently sixth in Florida High School Athletic Association Class 4A high jump after jumping 6 feet, 2.75 inches at the 2023 IMG Spring Break Invitational, held March 18 at IMG Academy. Pack also played for the school's football team as a defensive back.

When did you start doing track and field events?

I started last year. In football I always had a high vertical, and my brothers did track and field here, so I thought I should try it. The first time I jumped I hit 6 feet. From then on, I've been practicing and trying to get better. 

What is the appeal to you?

Being in the air like that is so fun. People don't usually get to feel that. It's like you're stuck in the moment. It's amazing. 

What is your favorite event?

For sure the high jump, because I'm better at it. (Laughs.) 

What is your favorite memory?

Last year at the North Port Invitational. It was my second meet ever, and no one (outside of the program) thought I was going to do much. I jumped 6 feet, 3.5 inches in the high jump and won it. I was proud of myself. 

What are your goals for the season?

I want to hit 7 feet in the high jump. That would be a school record and I want it. 

What is the key to practicing high jump?

I do a lot of workouts on one leg to create explosiveness. That's the main thing in the high jump, not speed. Since you push off of one leg, it has to be strong. 

What is your favorite food?

I love cheese pizza. 

What is your favorite TV show?

I like "Family Guy," "Dragon Ball Z" and "Naruto." 

What is your favorite school subject?

This year I like history a lot because my teacher is our basketball coach (BJ Ivey). He's my favorite teacher. We just have a good connection. 

What are your hobbies?

I hang with my friends and play video games, a lot of "Fortnite" and Madden. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Always stay humble. Keep working and keep your head down. As soon as you buy into the hype, that's when the downfall starts. 

Finish this sentence: "Tyler Pack is … "

A funny person. But I get serious when it's game time. 



Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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