Siblings in sports: Younger sisters carry out family legacy

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Junior Logan Dyson is following in her older sister’s footsteps on the CMR softball team.

Olivia Rudio, Staff Writer

“It runs in the family” has taken on a whole different meaning for freshman Saydi Harris.

After cheering on the squad alongside her sister for most of the year, Harris and her sister, junior Haleigh, are allowed another opportunity to finish out the year together with a season of track and field. The pair won’t be the first Harris siblings to cross the finish line; their older brother Jaren also participated during his time at CMR.

Her siblings’ involvement in track and field was a major part in her decision to join, Saydi Harris said.

“I knew it was going to be a fun experience based off of their experience,” she said.

Following in older siblings’ footsteps isn’t always easy. However, many CMR spring athletes have found themselves in such a predicament.

This year Harris is taking part in pole vault, the same event her brother did. Along with following in the footsteps of her older brother, Harris plans to follow her sister’s example as well by continuing cheer and trying out for captain.

Also taking after her sister is junior Logan Dyson.

Dyson has been playing softball since she was five years old. Her first year at CMR provided her the opportunity to sport CMR’s colors for softball with her older sister Jade Dyson, then a junior.

“She showed me it’s not all serious and how to have fun with it,” Dyson said.

They often practiced together at their home, trying to help each other improve.

“She made me want to get into it more,” she said.

For freshman Lindsay Martinez, there was no question about joining the tennis team at CMR.

“My family and I play a lot, and there was no reason not to,” Martinez said. “One of my brothers was pretty successful, and I want to be successful, too.”

However, she dislikes being compared to her older brothers.

“I’m going to make my own mark. I’m my own person,” she said.

On her first day of school at CMR teachers constantly asked if her older brothers were Jack and Alex.

“When they see me I don’t want them to think ‘Alex and Jack’s little sister’ I want them to think ‘Lindsay.’”