At the end of a long season many athletes call their teammates family but at Stockdale that phrase takes on a literal meaning.
"We have three hurdlers which is the first time in Central Section history," said track and field head coach Dave Lonsinger. "Three 100 meter hurdlers coming from the same team into the state meet."
Leading the Mustangs is senior Falon Wilson. At this year's valley meet Falon finished first in the 100 meter hurdles qualifying for this week's state meet. But like coach said she won't be going alone.
Finishing second was Falon's younger sister Aaliyah who says their sibling rivalry gives them an advantage.
"When she PR's (sets a personal record) I PR. Or when I PR she PR's," she said.
While one teammate sister is incredible, Aaliyah's twin sister Aaleyah also runs on the team. She competes in different events which makes her a spectator like the rest of us to her sister's races and the question of who to root for has been thrown at her more than once.
"Aaliyah's my twin so of course she's kind of my favorite," said Aaleyah. "But I cheer them both of them. As long as we come as 1-2 that's all that matters."
Falon hopes to continue that trend after tinkering with her technique. The former cheerleader did a cheer called the hurdler where the arms are swung into the air which Falon says is a big no-no if you want to win.
Next year she'll be running as a Roadrunner at CSUB and her coach thinks she has the right attitude to succeed there as well.
"In sports as in life there's going to be ups and downs," Lonsinger said. "You don't need to beat on yourself when you have a tough result. At the end of the day if you stay the process most times things are going to go how you want them to."
Falon and the rest of the Stockdale 400 relay team will be competing at the state meet in Clovis today and tomorrow.
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