Tim Mondragon was born and raised in Leadville. In 1980 he graduated from Lake County High School with a tremendous cross-country and track career to his credit.
In cross-country, Tim was a member of three Pikes Peak League Championship teams and three Colorado State championship teams. As a senior, Tim was team captain; Pikes Peak League Champion; and the Colorado State Champion.
In track, Tim was a three-time Pikes Peak League Champion; twice in the 880yd and once in the 1500m. His senior year, he went on to win the State meet in both events. His 4:06.78 1500m and his 1:56.12 800m set State high school classification records.