Cyra Beard proved to be one of the top high jumpers in the region during her four years on the TSU women’s track and field team. She qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round three times and won seven OVC medals for the Tigerbelles. Beard won the silver medals for the high jump at the OVC Indoor and Outdoor Championships over the last two seasons. She placed 18th at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the high jump as a junior in 2017. Beard was also a standout student, earned OVC Commissioner Honor Roll and USTFCCCA All-Academic Team distinctions.
Cyra earned a bachelor of science from Tennessee State on Saturday, May 5. She shared her experience with tsutigers.com.
TSUTigers: Talk about your overall TSU experience.
A: I learned how to thrive on my own.
TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?
A: The Black Pride
TSUTigers: What will you miss most about TSU?
A: The independence
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable moment in your sport at TSU?
A: Winning the OVC Championship
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non-sport moment at TSU?
TSUTigers: What are some accomplishments/goals that you reached at TSU?
A: Joining the Honors College and medaling at the OVC Championship
TSUTigers: Do you have a favorite TSU fan/supporter? If so, who?
A: Graduating Tigerbelles
TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
A: Maintain your goals and morals
TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?
TSUTigers: Who was your favorite professor?
A: Ms. Caples
TSUTigers: What organizations were you a part of outside of your sport?
A: Psi Chi
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?
A: Coach David Rachel
TSUTigers: What’s next for you?
A: Nursing Degree
TSUTigers: Once you are an alumnus, how will you stay connected with TSU?
A: I will continue to go to the athletic events
TSUTigers: What do you know now that you didn’t know coming in as a freshman?
A: Closed mouths don’t get fed.
TSUTigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?
A: Believe in yourself and have confidence in your abilities.
TSUTigers: Is there anything else that you would like to say to the TSU family?
A: Thank you for the scholarships and opportunities.