Slow start gives Tonderum eighth
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.
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.
“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.