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Helena's Smiedala Family Roots Based on Track

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HELENA - For Carly and Josey Smiedala, running track wasn't exactly a choice, more of a birth right.

They definitely pushed it on me at a young age and I've always loved it.

We're definitely a track oriented family.

The Smiedala family roots are certainly ingrained on the track. Their parents both ran track at the Kansas University, and prior to that, their dad, who went to high school in Glasgow and Billings,  set an 800 meter record that still stands.

"He definitely eggs us on about it," said sophomore Carly Smiedala. "but I think it's a positive. It's very positive to have him there. If I had a bad race, or a good race, he's always there telling me the truth, and that's what I need."

"They encourage us to set our goals high, and we of course love what we do. Especially with us running the 800 sometimes we're like 'Gosh, maybe we could break the record too someday," joked junior Josey Smiedala.

As a freshman Carly placed second in both the 400 and 800 meter at state, and this year both her and Josey have found success. So there's got to be some sibling rivalry right?

"We're best friends, so if that doesn't say it I don't know what does," said Carly. "I seriously love it. It definitely makes me push harder in everything I do so it's definitely awesome to have her."

"We always make sure we're the first ones to give each other high fives after the race, added Josey. "Whether it's one we're happy about or one we wish we could have improved upon. So like I said we're always there. It's always nice to have that support system."

Running was something they were born to do, carrying on the family tradition together.  

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