WSU CAREER. JUNIOR (2005-06): Indoor - Re-injured hamstring while competing at the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno Jan. 31...did not compete the rest of the indoor season...Outdoor - Competed for first time April 29 at the WSU-UW Dual meet, cleared 4.80m/15-9...after battling the flu, reached NCAA Regional Qualifying mark of 4.90m/16-0 3/4 for a tie at 15th at the Pac-10 Championships (5/14/06, Eugene) but re-injured hamstring and ended season. REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2004-05): Indoor - Suffered broken jaw in mid-December and started indoor season Feb. 5...finished tied for10th in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships after clearing 5.30m/17-4 1/2i (3/12/05, Fayetteville)...runner-up at MPSF championships with PR clearance of 5.37m/17-7 1/4i (2/26/05, Seattle)...mark is third-best in WSU history and top mark by an American at WSU...Outdoor - Earned All-America status with fifth-place pole vault finish after clearing 5.40m/17-8 1/2 at the NCAA Championships (6/10/05, Sacramento)...tied for third at NCAA West Regional at height of 5.06m/16-7 1/4 (5/28/05, Eugene)...did not compete at Pac-10 Championships after pulling his left hamstring during warm-ups for Husky Dual meet April 30...cleared 5.35m/17-6 1/2 at Brutus Hamilton and Mt. SAC Relays. SOPHOMORE (2003-04): Indoor - Redshirt season due to hamstring injury...Outdoor - Redshirt season...recovered just enough to vault unattached to a height of 5.05m/16-6 3/4 at Idaho Outdoor Meet (5/8/04, Moscow). FRESHMAN (2002-03): Indoor - Placed fifth in the pole vault at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships with a leap of 5.15m/16-10 3/4 (2/22/03, Nampa)...equaled that height the next week at Pac-10 Invite (Seattle)...Outdoor - Won the B section of the pole vault at the Texas Relays with a clearance of 5.15m/16-10 3/4 (4/4/03, Austin)...finished seventh at the Pac-10 Championships with a leap of 5.05/16-6 3/4 (5/18/03, Los Angeles)....at the NCAA West Regional meet, placed 10th after clearing 5.06m/16-7 1/4.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. Earned four letters in track at University High for coach Kevin Frandsen and two as a linebacker for football coach Mike Ganey...three-time boy's pole vault champion in the Washington state 4A level...prep All-American ranked second nationally with 17-1 PR...height is also Washington state prep record...won 2002 state 4A title with meet record height of 17-0...cleared state record 16-8 3/4 for juniors...second place at Golden West Invite....three-time All-Greater Spokane League...also GSL honorable mention for football as senior.
PERSONAL. Born Tyson John Byers 5/18/83 at Spokane...father John is a real estate finance manager...mother Beckie Byers is a teacher...sister Annie (5/8/80) graduated from WSU in May 2002...other Byers who are WSU grads are great-grandfather Thomas, grandfather John W., and father John B...grandfather John W. played football for the Cougars from 1929-31, including the Rose Bowl...enjoys snow and water skiing, wake boarding, motorcycles and hunting...majoring in criminal justice at WSU.
BYERS' WSU BEST
Pole Vault - 5.40m / 17-8 1/2 (2005)
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS PERFORMANCES
2006 Pole Vault t15th 4.90m / 16-0 3/4
2003 Pole Vault 7th 5.05m / 16-6 3/4
NCAA WEST REGIONAL PERFORMANCES
2005 Pole Vault T3rd 5.06m / 16-7 1/4
2003 Pole Vault 10th 5.06m / 16-7 1/4
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS PERFORMANCES
2005 Outdoor Pole Vault 5th 5.40m / 17-8 1/2
Indoor Pole Vault T10th 5.30m / 17-4 1/2i