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September 27, 2013

DeJongs: Running for the love of it

OSKALOOSA —

The Oskaloosa cross country teams have had a very successful season as both squads are among the top 15 teams in Class 3A by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches' latest rankings.
The girls are ranked eighth while the boys are 15th and three reasons why the teams are ranked are the accomplishments of the DeJong siblings — Skylar, Spencer and Sienna.
Skylar, a junior, has been victorious in all five races this season, including last Tuesday's race at Newton.
His twin brother, Spencer, has recorded three runner-up finishes and third in two others while Sienna, a freshman, has been in the top five in every race with two thirds and three fifths.
Spencer, who is the elder statesmen of the trio, said it's interesting to have siblings on the team.
“Most kids during middle school don't have a sibling before and they want to try out with their friends,” he said. “When you have siblings doing it, it's like 'My brother and sister can do it maybe I can do the same thing.' That's how I did it. It's helped me a lot because when he runs hard, I can push myself as hard as I can with him.
“He's helped me push a lot because I have to aim to try and catch up with him at every meet.”
“We all push kind of each other. When we get home after the meet, we always talk about what we did and how we can improve and what we did good at,” Sienna said. “I just like that we're always positive to each other and always supportive.
“Team wise, Bailey (Blythe) has pushed me a lot. In middle school, she was never really up with me. I was always more in the front. But now in high school, she's really pushing it so that makes me want to be better.”

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