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September 27, 2013

DeJongs: Running for the love of it

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“To have Sienna come up is just awesome to have her, seeing her compete as well as she does. It's going to be amazing what the DeJong family can do in the years to come.”
Spencer said the competition is the reason why he's out for cross country. He knows people who talk about sports like football a lot, but when it comes to cross country, the talk is about times and who is up there. “We get to train hard, but after that, we get to talk later and see how everybody is doing.”
As far as which sibling is the better runner, both Sienna and Spencer said, without question, it's Skylar. Spencer said it's hard to keep up with his twin brother because he's “so good.”
“He's done it throughout the years so he's had more experience,” Sienna said. “He knows how to run.”
Syklar got involved in cross country really as an after thought.
“When I was in elementary school then sixth grade then all through middle school, I wanted to play football like every other kid on the street would,” he said. “I wanted to play soccer more, but we didn't have enough kids on the soccer team so I ended up playing soccer instead of football. I grew apart from football and I saw cross country was in the fall and thought it would be fun. I talked a couple of my friends to do it. It's been a blessing ever since.”
“Skylar was a really good runner in middle school and throughout high school and I thought it was a really cool sport,” Sienna said. “I didn't really like volleyball and I wasn't very good at it in the sixth grade when my friends would play with me. I thought why not (go out) since Skylar is doing it maybe I should try. I tried it and I was pretty good so I kept with it.”

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