Family Serves As Motivation For Lee Thrower

As the top 5a thrower in the state of Texas, Robert E. Lee discus thrower Tyler Fleet is on track to bring home the state title. But this classic overachiever is chasing a little family history as well.

"Ican tell when it's a good one," Fleet said about one of his discus throws.  "It comes off just right.  That's one of the most fun things is just watching that thing sail up in the air and never come down."

Tyler has made a habit of watching the discus sail a long way this season. Last year's state runner up has posted the top three throws in 5A this season, including a personal best of 183 feet, 8 inches. Of course, throwing it a long way does have it's drawbacks, when it goes in the woods.

"I don't like it too much because it beats up my discuss," Fleet said with a sly smile, "but once I find it, it's kind of humorous to see everybody else talking about how far it went off in the woods."

Tyler is no stranger to success.  Besides being a key member of Lee's state football championship team in 2004, this week, he was named first team academic all-state.

"I try to work as hard as I can in everything and just do the best that I can," Fleet said, "and I don't really settle for anything less."

Tyler doesn't have to leave the family to find plenty of inspiration. He father and longtime coach, Gary Fleet, along with Gary's brother, were district champs in the sport at John Tyler. But it's Tyler's grandfather who provides the ultimate motivation.

"My father won state in 1957," said Gary.  "If (Tyler) can pull it off this year it would be 50 years exactly.  It'll be unexplainable. It'll bring tears to my eyes. I wish my Dad was here to see it and it will just be an unimaginable feeling and hopefully he can pull it off."

While the state meet isn't until the end of April, Tyler gets a big test this weekend in Dallas when he competes against two of the country's top high school discus throwers in the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays.

Tyler is headed to Abilene Christian next year, where he will play football and throw the discus.