Cross country is a family affair at Washington

Published 5:45 am Thursday, October 11, 2007

By By PETER WILLIAMS, Staff Writer
Jenna Ross won her first race the second she was born.
She came into the world a minute before twin sister Ashley and the two are still competing, and Jenna is once again in the lead.
The Ross twins, sophomores at Washington High School, are just part of the family affair at the school. Sisters Brandi and Casey Lewis also compete in cross country. Brandi is a senior, Casey a freshman.
As much as the Ross girls look and act alike, the Lewis sisters are the opposite, says their coach Laurie Lietz.
Both of the Lewis sisters say cross country is not for the weak.
She’s done just that. Brandi’s best time so far is 28:38. Her younger sister has a time of 27:58 and often finishes second for the Pam Pack girls.
The sisters run every weekday with the team in practice and often on weekends.
The twins expressed the same view. They both compete on the WHS swim team, and see cross country as a way to keep in shape. At the start of the season, the two were inseparable for the course of the race.
Having identical twins did pose a problem for the coach.