Puyallup High School distance running coach Rob Webster believes Daniel Konzelman will emerge as one of the top runners in the South Puget Sound League this spring.
“Daniel has grown about six inches since last season,” Webster said. “He is just way stronger, and this fall was the first time he trained before a track season.
“I think he is going to have a chance to qualify for the state meet in the mile and two-mile and do well.”
Konzelman, who will compete in just his second season of high school track this spring, said he pushed himself through offseason workouts in order to be ready for the season. Last year, he ran 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 39 seconds, but he expects that number to drop significantly this year.
“I hope to make to state in the mile, two-mile and the 1,600-meter relay,” Konzelman said. “I want to run the mile in under 4:17.
“I have been working hard. I consistently ran 12 400-meter repeat springs in the offseason. I would have about two minutes of rest in between each 400-meter run and was running them between 60 to 72 seconds.”
The Herald recently asked Konzelman a few questions about his life away from the track.
The Herald: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Daniel Konzelman: When people don’t do their best.
TH: What is your favorite restaurant in Puyallup?
DK: The Burrito Bus. I love burritos.
TH: What would you do if you had $1 million?
DK: Invest it in real estate.
TH: What is your favorite movie of all time?
DK: “Band of Brothers.” It is epic.
TH: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?
DK: I would like to do real estate investments for a living.
TH: What is your favorite sport away from track and field?
DK: Free skiing.
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