Where did you attend college and what was your major?
I attended Samford University and got my bachelor’s in Business Marketing in the spring of 2022.
What were you involved in during your time at FPD?
FCA, Track and Field, Basketball, and Football
Are there any specific teachers/coaches that had an impact on you?
Mrs. Hattaway, my 6th grade homeroom teacher and Coach Dick Frame, my track and field coach. Mrs. Hattaway gave me a great way to express myself by creating a learning environment that was caring and relatable. While that was true, the thing that stood out to me the most was how she provided me with my first platform to influence others. Once I graduated from her class, she offered me many opportunities to come back and speak to those coming after me. That was my first opportunity to see how influential I could be to those around me. It is something I have found a passion for because of that initial platform given to me by Mrs. Hattaway. Coach Frame taught me so many lessons in athletics as well as life. During my time with him as my coach, he showed me the resilience that athletics teaches for life. Sometimes life can be tough to navigate. Using my trials and tribulations in sports, he helped build the spiritual foundation that gives me the motivation and persistence to keep doing my best through those tough times. It is something that is just as easily applicable to my everyday life.
What is your favorite FPD memory?
My favorite FPD memories are lunch days in the senior lounge. Being able to talk about goals and aspirations with some of my classmates is what helped build some of the strongest friendships that I still have today.
What are you up to now? Tell us a little about your track and field career.
I am currently completing my first year of a 2-year MBA (Masters of Business Administration) program at Samford University. I am still running on the track and field team at Samford as well.
What are your plans for the future?
Once I graduate from the MBA program in the spring of 2024, I plan to work full-time at one of the companies I’ve interned with (Coca-Cola/Danone North America) or any consumer goods company as a brand manager. I also plan to compete at the Olympic trials next summer in Eugene, OR, to complete my track and field career.
How do you feel like FPD prepared you for what you’re doing now?
FPD taught me how to navigate the season of my life following high school. There were a lot of different trials and temptations that came with transitioning into college. Remembering teachings and lessons from FPD gave me a great deal of comfort in who I am and who I do it for. I always had people that I met from FPD to lean on when times were tough.
Titus has had an impressive track and field career both at FPD and at Samford. These are a few of his accomplishments while at Samford:
– secured 3 school records (60-meter hurdles – 7.79, 110 meters hurdles-13.83, 4 x1 – 40.11)
– Has 2 Southern Conference records (60m hurdles, 110m hurdles)
– 3x NCAA East qualifier
– 6x Southern Conference Champion
Titus also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the men’s 110-meter hurdles.
Titus ran the race in a school-record 13.70 seconds, breaking the previous record of 13.75 seconds he set in the first round. His performance, which placed him 11th in the race, punched his ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, June 7-10, 2023, in Austin, Texas.
Titus competed in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in early June and posted an impressive time in the 110-meter men’s hurdles semi-final. We look forward to watching him compete again next year!