Phillip Myton competed four years with the Tennessee State University men's track and field team. He was the top finisher in cross country in 2008 and ran the 100m, 200m and 400m during his career. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and will begin studying for his master's degree in Education this fall.
TSUTigers sat down with Mr. Myton to talk about his TSU experience.
TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?
P. Myton: I love the variations of people at TSU. I love the opportunities that TSU has to offer.
TSUTigers: What will you miss most about TSU?
P. Myton: I will miss the experiences that I had while at TSU. I cannot remake those types of memories, because being a first-time undergraduate freshman was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Every year after that just gets better and better.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable track and field moment at TSU?
P. Myton: The most memorable track related moment I have from TSU, was a conference track meet at Eastern Illinois my sophomore year. We ran the 4x4 relay and although there were 5 teams in the race, the top two were us and EIU. We battled that day, and although we did get second we ran our fastest time of the year, not to mention of my college career.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non-track and field moment at TSU?
P. Myton: I have too many to count, but if I have to choose one, it would be the night that Obama first was elected as President of the United States. The campus went into an uproar! Students were the only people in attendance to tell this story; this was not a TSU administration sponsored event. I witnessed a group of people come together and celebrate, march, and chant for about 2 hours on campus and in the streets along Jefferson going all the way to Fisk. I had so much fun that night, I will never forget that.
TSUTigers: Talk about the transition of competing on the college level?
P. Myton: The transition can be very difficult to deal with, because the responsibility that comes along with being a student-athlete. I have seen this toll make or break people, but the ones who do make it through are stronger in the end.
TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
P. Myton: Two things: I believe that students make the school; the school does not make the students so, "Make the school into what you feel it should be."
TSU has so many things to offer, but most people don't seek their resources or give up in the process of acquiring these opportunities so, "Be open-minded and embrace the opportunities which TSU offers to students."
TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?
P. Myton: Mr. Catanzaro is an English professor at Tennessee State. I took his class my sophomore year and that was by far the most difficult teacher I have ever encountered. I do not regret taking his class, because although he was difficult, he was also fair. It was in Mr. Catanzaro's class where I first learned how to write a college worthy composition paper.
TSUTigers: What organizations were you a part of besides track and field?
P. Myton: I walked on as a freshman, because I have a passion for running and competing. Along with athletics I have been involved with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, NAACP, and Pre-Alumni Association. Through the athletics department, I have been involved with numerous community service projects as well. Academically I was involved in SAAC, which is the Student Athletic Advisory Council.
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?
P. Myton: My teammates have been my biggest influence, in molding me the way I am today. Each individual on the team has affected me in some way, form, or fashion, in which I am thankful to have met all of them.
TSUTigers: What's next for you?
P. Myton: I will be continuing my education at TSU seeking my graduate degree in education. I will also be working with the athletics program as a graduate assistant.
TSUTigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?
P. Myton: If you don't want me to do it tell me I can, because if you tell me I can't I am going to prove you wrong...Chris Berry
Life has to be hard before it can become easy...Phillip Myton