It's no surprise that Colby senior Amanda Kaiser is the top cross country runner in the Cloverbelt conference. Success runs in the family.
"I've had cousins and relatives in it but mostly because my brother was in it and he's only a year older than me," Kaiser said. "I guess he encouraged me to go out for cross country."
Her brother, Andrew, is now a runner at UW-Stout. He was also a two-time Cloverbelt champion at Colby.
After winning a conference title of her own last weekend, Andrew Kaiser only had this to say to his younger sister.
"(Andrew) was just like, 'well that's pretty cool, way to keep it in the family'," Kaiser said.
"I always thought her biggest challenge was probably being in the shadow of her brother, who was successful," said Bryon Graun, head coach of the Colby/Abbotsford cross country team. "She didn't seem to let it get to her."
The Colby senior has been running since sixth grade. But that's not all. Kaiser keeps up a 3.9 GPA and is second in her class. She has also been practicing dance since the age of three and has a minor role in her school's upcoming musical, "Bye, Bye Birdie".
"And then last night I had a three hour show choir practice that I had to go to after that, so I get home at 9:45, ten," Kaiser said.
"Sometimes the days get long."
Graun says that Kaiser is like one of the "big sisters" of the cross-country team that operates often like a family.
"Everything she does, she puts her heart and soul into," Graun said. "It does amaze me that she's able to succeed in everything that she does."
And that includes leading her team.
"I like being a leader because then I can be positive towards others," Kaiser said. "If I wasn't taking an active role, our team wouldn't be as strong."
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