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May 12, 2014

CORY ISENBERG | Windber twins tearing up track

Windber’s Tomlinson twins, Dan and Devon, have been quibbling as siblings generally do, for their entire lives.

But while they sometimes have their differences as brothers, they are strong teammates.

“It’s always been a big competition between us,” Devon Tomlinson said at Wednesday’s WestPAC Track and Field Championships. “I was the quarterback for Windber and he was the wide receiver. In basketball, Dan had the 3-point record. I had a broken ankle last season so I couldn’t play then, but it’s always fun to watch him play and watch him score.”

The twins have also had a heated rivalry on the track.

At the WestPAC track championships, Devon Tomlinson eclipsed the 800 record of Meyersdale’s Mike Podlesnik, which was set back in 2006. Devon Tomlinson also equaled the 2013 time of Shade’s Jordan Wilt in the 400.

“He was my arch-nemesis,” Tomlinson said about Wilt. “We were the only two last year that stood right beside each other at every race, and we also raced hard against each other. He came out on top, but now it’s my time to shine now that he’s gone.”

Dan Tomlinson, the older of the twins, was second in the 400.

“He was born about 10 minutes before me,” Devon Tomlinson said. “He won the race at the beginning, but I’m coming out on top now. No one has ever thought of that before so that’s really cool to think of that. It’s crazy, you have no idea. It’s awesome to have a twin brother and him running about the same time as you.”

But while the two have competed hard against each other, it’s when they have joined together on the Ramblers’ 3200 and 1600 relay units that they have tasted even sweeter success.

Windber’s foursome of Austin Leonardis, a junior, along with the three seniors Dan Tomlinson, Kevin Charney and Devon Tomlinson, hold the top time in District 5, having run a state qualifying standard of 8:17.83 at the West Central Coaches Invitational. The quartet established the WestPAC record on Wednesday, beating the 2007 mark of Berlin’s foursome.

The Tomlinson twins and Charney then joined Gray Bryan to establish a new standard in the 1600 relay on Wednesday.

“It’s special to put your name in the record books and it will be cool coming back and seeing my name in the book,” Devon Tomlinson said.

The Ramblers athletes will continue to work in order to gain the opportunity to attain a three-peat to the PIAA Track and Field championships.

“We are all pretty focused and know what we have to do heading into districts,” Devon Tomlinson said. “We are looking to get the best times that we can so that we move onto states.”

Windber’s 1600 and 3200 relays are currently top-ranked in District 5 while Devon Tomlinson has the fast time in the 800.

The District 5-AA meet is set for Wednesday at Northern Bedford with the state championships on May 23-24 at Shippensburg.

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