EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon High School Track and Field State Meet kicked off Thursday with 1A, 2A and 3A athletes from all over the state competing for the title of state champion.
And as much as each athlete wants to win and wants their team to win, there were two athletes Thursday who were cheering for someone very close to them.
Siuslaw freshman Alison Hughes competed in the girls 3A 3000 meter race where the young star finished in 4th place.
And a little later, her older brother, senior Kyle Hughes, also made the podium in the boys 3A 3000 meter race, finishing 7th – and then went on to win the boys 3A pole vault, clearing 4.57 meters.
Although Kyle didn't quite get the finish he wanted to in the 3K, he's happy he came back to get a win in the pole vault to make his sister and school proud.
"I just want to be the best example that I can for her because I believe in her, and I think she can do great things,” Kyle Hughes told us. “She's beating a lot of people, so if I show her that example, then she'll follow in her footsteps and she'll be amazing because I know she can be."
"He talks me through a lot of it, just visualizing where you're going to be and how you're going to finish, and it really helps,” Alison Hughes said. “He's really good at giving advice."