Second isn't good enough -- LP-A sprinter Tingelstad is one of state's best sprinters in Class 1A
A trio of top-three finishes at the state track meet is great for any sophomore.
But with two second-place finishes and a third, Lake Park-Audubon's Ashley Tingelstad still felt like she came up a little bit short.
"I hate second," Tingelstad said with a laugh. "Second place is almost worse than taking sixth. "When you're that close to taking first, it pushes you that much harder."
Tingelstad is off to a good start this year, easily winning the 100, 200 and 400 meters in her only outdoor meet of the spring - the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Invitational last Friday. Tingelstad is only a junior, but she had a whopper of a state meet as a sophomore.
She was second in the 100 (12.36) and 400 (57.72), and was third in the 200 (26.08).
"Coming off of a year like that, the goals are high," said LP-A girls track coach Coral Lunde. "The competition is still there in the 100 and 200, but the 400 could be open for her. "But you never know. Get down to state and have a good day, and nothing's impossible."
Watertown-Mayer's Megan Geyen won the 100 and 200, and Lac qui Parle's Nikki Swenson won the 400.
Like Tingelstad, Geyen is also a junior this year. The two speedsters keep in contact with each other, Tingelstad said.
"It's kind of a fun rivalry," Tingelstad said. "I know that may not sound right, but it's cool. We keep tabs on what the other is doing, and what she does definitely pushes me."
Getting pushed on a regular basis has become somewhat of a problem for Tingelstad.
She practices against the boys, and at many of the local meets she blows everyone away.
For example, at last Friday's D-G-F Invitational, she won the 100 by nearly a second-and-a-half, the 200 by two seconds, and the 400 by six seconds.
"In some ways, we don't know what she's totally capable of," Lunde said. "It's tough to really improve when you're not being pushed on a regular basis."
Tingelstad used to compete in the long jump, but she's just sticking to the sprints this year.
The junior said the 100 is probably her favorite event "because it's so short," and she dreads the grueling 400 despite her dominance in the event.
Tingelstad is solid in all of the sprints, and Lunde said the junior could be even more dynamic on the track.
"I would like her to try the 800, but I'm not getting anywhere with that," Lunde said.
Tingelstad was close to becoming the first state track champion in Lake Park-Audubon history, but teammate Toni Tollefson got the jump on her - literally.
Tollefson won the high jump title last year, clearing 5 feet, 6 inches.
"I was really happy for her, but I really would've liked to be up in that situation with her," Tingelstad said. "To be honest, I'm not going to be disappointed if I go down there this year and don't win a state title as long as I do well.
"But my goal is to win at least one state title before I'm done."
Lake Park-Audubon at Barnesville Tuesday, April 22.
LP-A event results -- 200 dash: 3. Toni Tollefson 29.31...400 dash: 5. Caitlyn Wavra 1:13.04...800 run: 4. Paige Jenson 2:46.12...1,600 run: 3. Nora Ulmer 6:01.60...3,200 run: 1. Nicole Warling 13:12.15; 5. Alysha Warling 15:08.63...4x800: 2. LPA 11:11.13...High jump: 1. Tollefson 5-04.