June 14, 2017 06:48 PM
(ABC 6 News) – For the first time in Plainview-Elgin-Millville (P-E-M) boys state track & field history, the Bulldogs claimed a state team championship—they were propelled by their senior stud, Tysen Schmidt.
Winning that first state title in P-E-M history (Elgin-Millville won a state title in 1987; Plainview claimed titles in 2000, 2002, and 2003), Schmidt said it was the perfect way to end his senior year. “My last year playing high school sports, it was honestly a dream come true,” Schmidt said. “It feels super unreal. It feels like a complete dream. I’m still trying to figure it out if I’m going to wake up from it or not.”
At the state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul last Friday and Saturday, the P-E-M team as a whole broke 11 school records. “I’ve never had a group of kids compete so well,” Bulldogs head coach Mike Andring said. “It was a good (weekend).”
Schmidt single-handedly helped break four school records, accomplishing the feat in the triple jump (44 feet, 7 ½ inches), the 200-meter dash (21.74 seconds), the 400-meter dash (48.61), and he was one of the Bulldogs four runners in the team’s 4x100 meter relay (43.58).
In the 4x100, 200, and 400, Schmidt helped break the school record in Friday’s preliminary round before breaking it in the finals.
The 4x100 team placed 2nd overall, Schmidt also placed 2nd in the 200-meter, but he was a state champion in the 400-meter—his finals time of 48.61 seconds was the best overall time across both Class A and Class AA “You saw him coming down the home stretch, it looked like everybody else was standing still,” Andring said.
“It was very emotional to bring one home personally,” Schmidt added. “I got emotional, I started crying a bit.”
Andring also added that Schmidt has only been running the 400-meter dash for a month, so winning a state championship in that specific race was a bit surprising. “He’s really only been running the 400 for one month,”Andring said. “For him to be a state champion in that event and to blow away the field like he did, it just goes to show how tremendous of an athlete he really is.”
“I was not expecting to be a state champion at all,” Schmidt added. “I ran barely close to state standards when I first ran it, but when it came to subsections, I had an idea that I could do some damage at state.”
Following his high amount of success from the weekend, Schmidt said he made his mother happy. “I’ve wanted to make her proud and my family and show everybody what I’m capable of,” Schmidt said. “Winning that 400 was, like I said, a dream come true.”
Schmidt’s senior season is over, but the work won’t stop for him any time soon—he’s off to the Marines this summer, a decision he made just about a year ago. ““My neighbor is a marine, and I talked to him, I told him I wanted to join the military,” Schmidt recalled. “I was thinking about joining the army, but he told me a lot of things about the marine corps about the brotherhood and the discipline you get out of it.”
“I just want try to bring the best out of myself. I want to show the drill instructors or my fellow recruits that will be there that I can be the best marine that I can be.”
“He’s become a tremendous leader, it’s going to be a great skill for him,” Andring added. “Every workout we’ve done this year, he’s been able to step up and be the leader. A lot of the time, he’ll be like ‘oh, I can’t believe you’re making me do this,’ but then he’ll lead every work out and say ‘oh, that wasn’t too bad.”
“He’s a tremendous young man, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for him.”
Schmidt will leave for San Diego on July 24th.
Updated: June 14, 2017 06:48 PM
Created: June 14, 2017 05:26 PM
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