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Lynnville-Sully’s Tyson Vander Linden dominates at Drake Relays (Hometown Press article)

posted May 4, 2018, 9:00 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

Lynnville-Sully junior Tyson Vander Linden, son of Jason and Amber Vander Linden of Lynnville, put forth a record-breaking effort among some of the fastest athletes at the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines on Saturday, Apr. 28. The junior clocked in at 53.79 seconds in the 400-m hurdle event, good for third place. His time not only broke the school record and was a personal best, but it also ranks as the 11th-best time in the entire country according to, a track and field website that ranks all high school athletes in the country.

“Tyson has worked very hard to get where he is, and Saturday showed why hard work pays off,” said Mike Parkinson, Lynnville-Sully’s head boys track and field coach. “We are very proud of him and excited about his third-place run at the Drake Relays. We've had a great history at the Relays, and Tyson added a new chapter to that.”

L-S junior Tyson Vander Linden accepts congratulations from L-S head track coach Mike Parkinson after finishing third and breaking a school and personal record in the 400-m hurdles at Drake Relays on Apr. 28.

Vander Linden’s finish of 53.79 is less than two seconds off the Relays record of 51.94 set 24 years ago. Austin West of Iowa City West won this year’s event in 51.96, which ranks No. 9 on the state’s all-time list and is the fastest 400-m hurdles time in the country this year.

Vander Linden came into the meet with the third overall time in Classes 1A through 4A. Since the top 16 make it to the Drake Relays, there were two heats with eight people in each. The first heat was the eight slowest times, and the second heat was the eight fastest times. Vander Linden was placed in lane three, which he was happy with so he could see the two people that had faster times than him.

“It was a great experience running at the Drake Relays,” Vander Linden said. “Being able to compete against the best hurdlers in the state was amazing. I felt like I ran really well, but the goal is to keep getting faster. I cannot thank my coaches and teammates enough for everything they have done. It is time to prepare for state with the rest of my teammates.”

Vander Linden will have several more opportunities to improve his time this season. The conference meet was set for Tuesday, May 1, and two additional regular-season meets are to come in the week ahead. He will get his chance to qualify for state – and be back on the Blue Oval at Drake – at the state-qualifying meet at BGM on Thursday, May 10.

Vander Linden rounds a corner of the 400-m hurdles race at the Drake Relays. His third-place finish was less than two seconds off the Relays record set 24 years ago.