“Yeah, you’re shocked when people know who you are,” Avery said.
For the last few years, the Arnold name has dominated the cross country scene.
“She has a little bit more of a kick at the end, so that’s what gets me sometimes,” Riley said.
If it’s not two-time State Champion Riley Arnold taking first, it’s usually her sister Avery.
“We’ve ran a lot of races side by side freshmen year and sophomore year. Freshmen year she probably beat me more than I won, but it evens out,” said Riley.
Each serving as the other’s toughest competition, and most loyal supporter.
“We always push each other and encourage each other, and in practices it’s always competitive,” Avery said.
But unfortunately, Avery suffered a stress fracture back in August, leaving her on crutches, so for now her role as a competitor is put on the backburner.
“Yeah, she’s cheering me on. She’s one of the best competitors here, and I’m so grateful for that. Even though she can’t run right now, she still puts her energy into supporting me,” Riley said.
“When I’m watching races, I hear people talk about her, and it’s just pretty cool to hear,” said Avery.
The Arnold sisters are stronger together, and Avery hopes to return in time for the post season.
“Definitely not having her running hurts the team a lot,” Riley said.
“I want to be out there competing with my sister, and hopefully bring the team to State again this year,” said Avery.
With another year ahead of sharing the podium, Riley and Avery Arnold can also share the title of our Arby’s High School Athlete of the Week.