September 27, 2013

DeJongs: Running for the love of it



Oskaloosa coach Mike Comfort is quite happy having the trio on the team.
“They push each other because Spencer and Skylar always has a training partner,” he said. “You bring in Sienna and she sees the older brothers having success and that motivates her to get better.
“They have a strong work ethic and the desire to be the best they can be. They want to be the best and that what separates the good runners from the average runners in cross country. They work hard and never take a workout off and always want to do more.”
Spencer and Skylar are on the Oskaloosa soccer team and Sienna said she'll go out for the girls team this spring.
Skylar said there's so much cardio go into both sports. He said the first two years, they would run track and play soccer in the spring and their cardio is supreme compared to everybody else and is beneficial for both sports.
“We have a lot more endurance in soccer when you run cross country,” Sienna said. “You can run miles on end so you can keep going and play the whole game instead of taking breaks.”
Herald Sports Editor Jim Gries can be reached at sports@oskyherald.com

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