Created: June 11, 2021 10:56 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Identical twins Cole and Luke Berends have pushed each other to greatness on the track for St. Charles, helping the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays to state.
The twins, along with Noah Disbrow and Jett Thoreson, have rewritten the St. Charles record books for relays. After working together for the last three years, the group advanced to next week's state meet in both events.
The Berends twins, now seniors, have been running track since 7th grade, pushing each other to get better.
"It kind of holds you to a high standard, like if you're slacking off I've got him right there to be like, 'OK we've got to push here, we've got to work hard, we've got goals that we want to achieve this year,'" Luke said.
Naturally, the two have a friendly competition between them. But at the end of the day, they're each other's biggest fans.
"When he broke that triple jump record I was warming up for my 100 and I saw him hug our coach and it almost brought me to tears seeing him be so successful in his own events," Luke said.
While the two have only the state meet left in their Saints careers, they have plenty of time left together on the track. They plan on running collegiately at Augustana University in the fall. No matter where they go or how long they are teammates, they are brothers first.
"When life gets stressful it's just nice to know that I can just lean on somebody at all times. Like I said not everybody has that safety net you can just fall onto. I know I can trust him and he can trust me," Cole said.
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