Tyler Fox knew he wanted to run track and cross country in college, but not on this timeline. The Lambert senior had talked to and visited a few schools, but he was planning to wait until the spring to make his commitment.
Then he finished fifth in the Class 7A state meet, running the best time of his career on the Carrollton course, finishing first among all Forsyth County runners, and leading the Longhorns to a second-place team finish, and the Georgia Bulldogs came calling.
“I wasn’t going to turn that down,” Fox said.
Fox committed about a week before the early signing period started, putting a worthy capper on undoubtedly the best cross country season of his career. He started the season by winning the Lambert River Run in 15:35, his first win since freshman year, and had two more first-place finishes in September, in the Furman XC Classic and the Warpath Invitational.
Lambert was unable to defend its team title at the state meet this year, as Milton continued the dominance it had shown all year, winning by 138 points, but Fox was still proud of the performance the shorthanded Longhorns put in.
And when he had the opportunity to make his college commitment, there wasn’t much to think about. Fox said it was “kind of an instant” decision to go with a school that he’d had his eye on for a while.
“Can’t really go wrong with UGA,” he said.