Thank you for visiting my website! My name is Tim Wunderlich, a 2009 graduate of Dartmouth College and an Assistant Coach with Marietta College’s track and field team. I am currently coaching jumpers, multis, and javelin at Marietta while continuing to train as a post-collegiate decathlete. Please feel free to post any questions or comments. Hope you enjoy your stay!
So my meet in New Jersey concluded this past Sunday, and not because of the completion of ten events. The meet director was forced to cancel the meet after seven events, when heavy rain started and would not relent for a couple hours. What made this more frustrating is that I was having the best meet of my season, posting 3 event PRs (SP, 400, and hurdles), and a season best (HJ), putting me on pace for my second best decathlon score ever. Despite my disappointment, I was glad that my season ended on a high note (sort of), and a lot of my family was there to watch me compete. I was also able to meet some interesting new people, and see some old high school and college competitors that I had not seen since I ended my career at Dartmouth.
I am taking this season as another learning experience. Although the track gods did not allow me to score as high as I did last year, I was able to compete in my first international meet, wear a Team USA uniform, and be a part of some of the most exciting decathlons of my career! I must believe that continued training and competitions will put me in better situations and give me good chances to compete at a high level. This last meet just gives me more motivation to see what I can do when I actually put ten good events together.
My plans now are to take a month or so and let my mind and body recover from the training/competition of the season before reevaluating the changes that need to be made for next season. I am both excited and hungry for the opportunities that my athletes and myself will have next year, and as long as we stay patient, it should be the best year yet.
Here’s to hot dogs and beer…Happy 4th!
Well the start lists have come out for the US Championships this weekend, and I am not on them. It turns out, USATF took 16 decathletes this year, so my score from last year wasn’t even high enough to be considered, and the petition was a moot point. The field for this year’s meet is insane, and it took about as high as it did to qualify for the Olympic Trials last year! I will be watching jealously…
On a lighter note, I found a low key decathlon next weekend in New Jersey called “Vertical Adventures”. I am well-trained and it would be a shame to not see what I can score, so I have decided I am competing. It may not be the high quality field or facility I was looking for, but with good conditions and a well-managed meet, some very good things could happen. It will be a little harder to get myself motivated, but having family there and starting the day off with a couple good events will help light the fire I need to perform well.
Until then, I am spending a few more days in Ohio, specifically working a youth track camp this coming Thursday and Friday, then its off to MD to spend some much needed time with family and meet prep for next weekend!
Wish me luck!
My next move is to hopefully compete at the USA Championships in Des Moines, IA on June 20-21. I haven’t scored as high as I did last year, but my score from last year qualifies for this year’s championships. However, at my qualifying meet, there was an issue with the timing system for the 100m, so USATF is wary of accepting scores from that meet. I have petitioned USATF to let my score count, since I think it will be high enough to get into this year’s meet, and I truly believe my point total is valid (within 20 points or so).
Now I must wait until all the entries are posted and the declaration deadline is passed (next Monday), so I am crossing my fingers that they decide I am good to go, then comes the last minute travel planning to Iowa! I feel as though my next meet will be my best of the year, so I’m hoping USATF makes the right decision so I can experience the most competitive meet of my athletic career.
Pray for me!