It's a family act in Interhigh cross country this fall.
In the senior high boys division, Spingarn's Darnell and Dennis Bell are the top two runners.
In the junior high girls division, Alice Deal's Kari and Cyndee Randall are the top two runners.
Darnell Bell's fastest time -- 16:46 in the three-mile Pallotti Invitational -- was one second faster than that of his brother, Dennis.
Darnell Bell, a junior, didn't start running cross country until last year. Dennis, a senior, began running cross country at H.D. Woodson Junior High. Their contributions are the prime reason why the Green Wave is 12-1 in dual meets.
"I'm looking for a high 16 (minutes)," said Darnell. Dennis echoes those sentiments and says he is hoping for a chance at a college scholarship.
The brothers usually run together in meets and practice together during the summer months, usually at Kenilworth Park. Neither would mind if the other finishes first in the Interhigh championships, which was held yesterday at Fort Dupont Park.
"Just as long as one of us gets it," said Darnell.
On the junior high level, Kari and Cyndee Randall have finished one and two in each of their meets this fall. In the Ballou meet, Kari's time of 18:01 and Cyndee's time of 18:05 would have placed them third and fourth, respectively, in the senior high girls division. Both junior high and senior high run the same (2.1-mile) course.
Both sisters ran the 800 meters last summer in the National Youth Games in Newark, N.J; Cyndee was fifth and Kari ninth. They lived in Texas and Michigan before moving to Washington.
"I think it's (cross country) fun," said Kari after the Interhigh developmental meet, which she won. "It's fun and it can help me for outdoor track," said Cyndee, who finished second.
"They are continuing to cut time off (their marks)," said Deal Coach Winn Ritzenberg. "I would like to see them break 17 (minutes)," he added.