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Slow start gives Tonderum eighth

By Staff | May 20, 2008

Armstrong-Ringsted’s Tyler Tonderum, right, battles for position in the Class 1A 100-meter dash finals on Saturday. Photo courtesy Dan Voigt, Emmetsburg Publishing

DES MOINES — Armstrong-Ringsted picked up one medal at the 2008 state track meet as Tyler Tonderum placed eighth in the 800-meter dash on Saturday.

The speedy sophomore finished in 11.66 seconds, but places 5-8 were all 100th of a second apart with fifth place finishing in 11.63 seconds, sixth in 11.64 and seventh in 11.65.

“I had a bad start so I had to catch up the rest of the way,” Tonderum said. “I wasn’t nervous, it was just a poor start.”

However he was happy to come away with a state medal and has two more years to improve on his finish.

The event was won by Glidden-Ralston’s Alex Feilmeier in 11.34 seconds.

The Armstrong-Ringsted girls track team’s final event was the sprint medley Saturday morning. Above, Krista Pelzer said she got out of the blocks well to start the race.

Sprint medley finishes 19th

The A-R girls track team finished up their state meet with the sprint medley relay.

The foursome of Krista Pelzer, Rosie Cheever, Morgan Grabinoski and Olivia Craig finished 19th in 1:56.53.

“I got out of the blocks well,” said Pelzer, who also ran the 4×200 on Friday. “I had fun.”

Cheever, who competed in the discus and 4×400 on Saturday, said she was happy with her leg of the race.

Morgan Grabinoski prepares to hand off to Olivia Craig. Photos courtesy Dan Voigt, Emmetsburg Publishing

“It was close to our best time,” she said.

Grabinoski, who also ran the 4×200 and 4×400 races on Friday, said the focus going down to state was on the 4×400.

“This wasn’t as nerve-racking,” she said.

Craig, the team’s lone senior, anchored all three state qualifying relays–the 4×200, the 4×400 and the sprint medley.

“It was really, really fast and really, really fun,” Craig said.

Craig said her first state event as a freshman was the sprint medley.

“It was sad because it was my last race, but I started with the sprint medley and ended with the sprint medley,” she said.