HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Another Herber is heading to Huntington University.
Fremont High School senior Tyler Herber will follow in big brother Joseph’s footsteps and signed his national letter of intent to run cross country and track for the NAIA school last month.
Tyler Herber chose Huntington over fellow NAIA school Olivet Nazarene (Ill.). The two-time KPC All-Area cross country selection got along real well with the student-athletes and the coaching staff at Olivet Nazarene, too. But Herber has more of a history with Forester coaches and student-athletes as he followed Joseph’s successful collegiate career over the past four years, and the younger brother admitted that made the difference in the end.
“It was a very tough decision,” Tyler Herber said. “I had to do a lot of soul searching and say a lot of prayers. Huntington has such a nice package that I don’t think I can turn them down.
“I love the guys and I love the coaches. The guys are so nice and so fun to be be around. It helps being around them the past four years. And look at all the improvements made at the school.”
Herber hopes to follow a similar path Joseph has taken where his best running is still ahead of him at the college level. Joseph Herber overcame injuries that he dealt with for much of his FHS career before coming into his own as a senior by reaching the semistate in cross country and finishing fourth in the 3,200-meter run at the Wayne Regional on the track in the spring and just missing out on a state finals berth.
Herber found another gear at Huntington and is close to finishing his senior season in track. In cross country, he was a four-time All-Mid-Central Conference harrier and a three-time participant in the NAIA National Championship meet. He was the MCC champion last fall and the runner-up in the conference meet in 2010.
In track, Herber was a five-time NAIA national qualifier: twice outdoors in the 10,000 in 2009 and 2010, twice indoors in the 5,000 this winter and in 2011, and indoors in the 3,000 in 2009.
Tyler Herber quailifed for his first state meet last fall in cross country and finished 41st in the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute in a 5-kilometer time of 16 minutes, 17.5 seconds. He was a Class 1A-2A First Team All-State selection by the Indiana Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches.
Herber will focus on the 3,200 this track postseason. He is working his way back to proper form after being set back for a couple weeks by a minor injury intends to be at his peak later in the postseason.
Herber is appreciative of everyone who has helped him earn this opportunity to run in college, including Fremont cross country coach Moses Castillo and Eagle teammate Keigan Culler, who will run at Butler University. Herber is proud to be a part of the strong distance running tradition at Fremont under Castillo’s guidance.
“It’s nice having the best training partner in the state,” Herber said of Culler. “It means a heckuva lot to come from such a small school and represent at the state meet. It proves how much he (Castillo) knows and how great a coach he is.”
Provided by Ken Fillmore, The Angola Herald Republican