Mustangs medal twice
DES MOINES – At the state meet on Friday, it seemed as though the Armstrong-Ringsted qualifiers just couldn’t get over the hump. The 4×200-meter relay team had the highest finish on the day, placing sixth in a time of 1 minute, 33.28 seconds, but failed to live up to their own expectations.
“We were looking to take second in our heat, so it’s kind of disappointing,” said Tyler Feddersen, who ran the opening leg of the 4×200. “I felt like I got a decent start, it felt like every other race I guess. I started to tighten up at the end, but I finished strong.”
Spencer Clausen ran the second leg and Travis Hantelman took the baton for the third leg, keeping the Mustangs in the race.
“I had a bad start,” said Hantelman, “but I kept us in the same place as when I got it, so I did alright. Those teams were fast. I just got to give it up to my man Tyler (Tonderum), he did great.”
Tonderum took the handoff from Hantelman and was in a three-way race for fourth place in the heat and blew past his other two competitors, but fell just short of bringing his team into third.
“I just felt really tight the whole time,” said Tonderum. “I was trying to gain on him but he was running too good. It was great competition so it was hard to real them in.”
Craig Tigges entered the state meet coming off a personal best throw of 148 feet, 8 inches in the discus at the district meet, but struggled in Des Moines, failing to clear 140 feet on all but one throw. Tigges took eighth place with a toss of 142 feet, 9 inches.
Hantelman also struggled in Des Moines. Last year’s sixth place finisher in the high jump had a leap of 6 feet, 3 inches earlier this season, but struggled on the slippery surface at rain-drenched Drake Stadium. It took Hantelman three attempts to clear 6 feet and after running in the 4×200-meter relay, failed to advance at 6 feet, 2 inches, taking 10th place in the event.
Jordan Cress of Olin won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 7 inches.
Ethan Eisenbacher ran a clean 110-meter hurdle, but failed to place as the senior finished with a time of 16.03 seconds. Keegan Demeulenaere of Belle Plaine won the event in 14.97 seconds.
Tonderum is the lone Mustang left to compete. He will take part in both the 100- and 200-meter dash finals tomorrow. The 100-meter dash starts at 12:25 p.m. while the 200 begins at 1:35 p.m.