(ST. JOSEPH) Kain Ellis has been a regular presence for Benton at Missouri State Cross Country and Track and Field Championships.
With a second-place finish in the one mile in 2012, he won't be under anyone's radar this weekend at the 2013 Championships.
"It's kind of tough because you know kids are always planning their meet around you," he said. "You have to be ready to go after antyhing.
Across town, the Bachmann brothers, Jeff and Brett, are familiar with cross country's championship weekend, but will make their first trip to Missouri's ultimate track and field event for Central this year.
"I've never really been able to go far in track, so my goal was at least to make it to state," Brett said.
"It's pretty special I got into the state meet because it's something I've never done before," Jeff added.
All three seniors have been staples of St. Joe track and distance running over their high school careers.
They may be doing the same in Manhattan, Kan. next season as all three will run both seasons for Kansas State.
"It'll be fun to get to know (Kain) and actually get to be on the same team with him instead of competing against him all the time," Jeff said.
"Gosh, we've been competing with each other since fourth grade," Ellis said. "I played on a basketball team with them when I was little. I know them very well, they're very good runners. It's going to be great. I mean, it's two other guys that I'm going to know on the team."
With twin brothers of his own that ran for Duane Kimble at Benton, Ellis may have been a witness to some friendly sibling rivalry in the past.
He he could see it again this weekend in Jefferson City with his future teammates.
"(Jeff) has always been able to beat me out in cross country and most of my times in track," Brett said. "But I finally got him in the mile at sectionals."
"He set the bar pretty high on Saturday running the mile before me. I don't want to let my little brother one up me," Jeff said.
That's little brother by a mere nine minutes.
Brett will run in the one mile after taking third in sectionals, while Jeff will compete in the two mile after finishing fourth.
Ellis meanwhile, is getting set for the 1600, the 800, and the 4x400.
Regardless of how they finish, it'll be a fitting way to end the first leg of some memorable careers.
"It's the end of school and you're just sitting at home and just be like: 'Man, it's all coming to an end," Ellis said. "All four years... it's gone by really fast."
The Class 3 and 4 championships will be held May 24-25 at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
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