SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Tyler Hiatt, grandson of Semiole Tribal member and veteran Stephen Bowers, and son to Seminole Tribal member Stephanie Bowers Hiatt, is a two-time state champion in track and field at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
In his junior year at the state track meet, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Hiat threw the shot put 59 feet, 1 inch and the discus 182 feet, 11 inches earning him two state titles and the MVP in the field division for the South Dakota State Track Meet.
His discus throw ranked No. 59 in the nation among prep competitors in 2019 at the time of his selection while his effort in the shot ranked No. 94.
The combination of Hiatt’s athletic accomplishments in track and field, participation in concert choir and chamber choir and a 3.6 grade point average earned him the title of 2018-19 Gatorade South Dakota Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Hiatt, who is heading into his senior year, is being recruited for track and field from numerous Division I colleges including Nebraska, Kansas State, Baylor, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, University of South Dakota and Abilene Christian.
This summer and fall, Hiatt plans to visit colleges and make a decision about where he will continue his academic and athletic career. Currently, he is focused on finding a school that will help him pursue a career as a physician’s assistant.