With a passion for competing in sports at a high level and the goal of one day becoming an officer in the Army, Bryan senior Tyler Manon will be living a dream come true this fall as a track athlete at The Citadel, an NCAA Division I service academy in Charleston, South Carolina.
Manon, who recently signed his letter of intent to attend the school, says he can’t wait to start the next chapter of his life.
“I’m pretty hyped about it,” said Manon, who plans on majoring in intelligence and security. “I like working hard, and I feel like it will make me a better person and I’ll be able to reach my maximum potential when I’m in an environment like that.
“I love the idea of waking up every day, putting on a nice uniform and having responsibilities, learning to lead and just being in a military environment. I want to prepare myself for my career, and do everything I can to be the best soldier and officer I can be.”
Manon had some familiarity with The Citadel prior to looking into it for his college studies. He was born in Mount Pleasant — a suburb just outside of Charleston — and has several military-involved family members who live in the area.
With his own interest in the military, Manon said it was a no-brainer to look into The Citadel when it came time to research colleges.
And after looking into several other military schools such as West Point, Air Force, Virginia Military Institute and the Naval Academy, Manon eventually decided The Citadel was the best fit for him.
Manon has been a fixture for the Bryan track team from the onset of his freshman year, and as a sophomore, he was a part of the school record-breaking and state-qualifying 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams. He followed that up with a dazzling junior year which included him running a school-record 49.18 seconds in the 400, and he eventually ended the year with a fifth-place finish in the 400 at the Division II OHSAA State Track & Field Championships.
He had hopes of going out in style and bettering his times with a successful senior track campaign, but had those dreams dashed by the cancellations and shutdowns put in place because of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Manon said the loss of his senior season has added fuel to the fire, though, and he’s eager to get back on the track and show what he’s capable of.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” Manon said. “I can’t wait for it to get here. I wish I could just go to bed one day, wake up and it would be August. I’m just ready to go.
“I missed my senior track season, so I feel like I missed out on a year of growth that a lot of people get, so I feel like I have to prove myself and show that a 49.18 wasn’t just a fluke my junior year, that I didn’t peak, and that I can keep improving.”