This week on '20 Questions' we got to know a little bit more about Tyler Kolander. Kolander holds spots in UND's top-10 in both the weight and hammer throws.
20Q: How did you get started in track & field?
TK: I got started in track when I was in 7th grade. All my friends did it and both my parents and older brother were big track people.
20Q:In your own words, describe your event and what you love about it?
TK: I throw discus and hammer/weight. The discus is basically a big metal frisbee. The hammer is a 16 pound ball on a meter long chain and the weight is the less fun, indoor equivalent of the hammer (35 pound ball). The main goal for throwing is to build up enough force throughout whatever movement you do through the circle and then exert that force into the implement to make it go farther than everyone else. I love throwing because it is so detail orientated. There’s always room for improvement and with each improvement you push your ceiling higher.
20Q:What is your goal for the season?
TK: My goal for the season is to make finals at the Outdoor Big Sky Meet in both of my events.
20Q: What was the best advice ever given to you?
TK: My coach (Drew Jones) says this phrase a lot… “It’s going to be a process”. It’s very fitting to throwing because there are days when everything is clicking and your dropping bombs left and right and there’s days when you struggle to put on foot in front of the other in the circle. It’s all about focusing on whatever goals you have to keep doing the right thing every day so you can achieve those.
20Q: Which athlete inspires you the most?
TK: Tom Brady is my guy.
20Q:What would you like to be remembered for?
TK: I’d like to be remembered for being someone who worked hard and was a good teammate. My freshman year I was fortunate to be around one of the best teammates I’ve ever had (Keaton Hanevold) who made me realize how important it is to bring the intensity every single day.
20Q:What is your pre-competition ritual if you have one?
TK: I don’t really have one… As long as I have some coffee I’m good to go.
20Q: What are your hobbies outside of athletics?
TK: Athletics really doesn’t allow for a lot of other hobbies, but when I’m not doing track related stuff I enjoy reading and napping. Naps are important.
20Q: Name one thing most people would be surprised to know about you?
TK: The basement of the house I live in currently is haunted.
20Q: The best part of being an athlete?
TK: The best part about being an athlete is the people you get to meet and the places you get to see. I have met some of the best people I know through track and field. Also, because of the conference, I have been able to travel to some truly amazing places.
20Q: Which teammate inspires you the most and why?
TK: The teammate that inspires me the most is Lane Herbert. Even though he has a rigorous engineering major, he always finds time to take a nap on the couch in the locker room.
20Q: What are three things on your bucket list?
TK: I’ve always wanted to live in a foreign country, ski dive, and dive on the Great Barrier Reef.
20Q: If you could do any event in track & field, what would it be & why?
TK: I would want to try high jump so I could try and beat Izzy Waite.
20Q: Who has made the biggest impact in your life?
TK: My parents have made the biggest impact on my life. They come to almost every meet we have in the Midwest and are my biggest supports through thick and thin.
20Q: What is your goal after you graduate?
TK: After graduation I hope to move on to medical school to become a surgeon.
20Q: How would your teammates describe you?
TK: Probably pretty weird... Maybe a little funny on a good day.
20Q: What is your favorite movie of all time? Why?
TK: My favorite movie of all time is Interstellar. I like science.
20Q: Which road-trip are you most looking forward to this season and why?
TK: The road trip I most looking forward to is our conference meet at Sacramento State in May. Conference meets always have a different kind of feel to them and our men’s throws squad is looking to make a big impact this spring.
20Q: What makes UND special to you?
TK:UND is special to me because of the individuals I have met and the things I have experienced over these past two years. It has truly become my home and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me in the next three years.
20Q: What is the best thing about living where you do?
TK: The best part of living in Grand Forks is the weather. I like cold and overcast days which happen very often.