Born 2 run
DES MOINES – Already arguably the most decorated athlete in Armstrong-Ringsted school history, Tyler Tonderum concluded his stellar high school career with two more honors as the Mustang speedster was named champion in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the 2010 State Track and Field meet on Saturday.
“I’m so happy with how I did,” said a winded Tonderum following the second of his two championship runs. “To finish like this is a great achievement for me.”
In the 100-meter dash preliminaries, the fleet-footed senior won his heat with a time of 11.24 seconds and entered the finals in second place as Madrid’s Louie Wickett ran his prelim in 11.19.
Side by side to begin the finals, Tonderum blew past Wickett out of the blocks and never looked back, defeating Wickett and second place finisher, Postville’s John Kruckenberg, by .17 seconds.
“I got a great start,” said Tonderum. “Felt really good out of the blocks and I just pushed it all the way through. There was a little bit of wind but it didn’t really affect me. It was great conditions to run.”
Tonderum’s strongest race coming in to the state meet appeared to be the 200-meter dash as he returned as the fourth-place finisher from a year ago.
Tonderum again entered the finals with the second fastest time, running a 22.41-second prelim. Alburnett’s Kyle Thoreseon was the top seeded runner in the finals with a time of 22.39 seconds in the prelims.
Once again, Tonderum got a terrific start out of the blocks to lead the pack into the turn. With 100-meters left to go, Tonderum kicked in the afterburners, leaving the competition in his wake.
“I got another great start and felt good the whole way,” said Tonderum. “I just tried, you know, getting into another gear to pick it up. After the first 100-meters, you just try to open it up all the way and I was able to find another gear.”
Tonderum’s time of 22.65 seconds, although slower than his prelim run, was enough to beat Thoreson by .11 seconds.
In adding two track state championships to an already jam packed football resume, Saturday was a banner day for Tonderum, who plans to play football for Southwest Minnesota State in the fall.