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Flintridge Prep's brother-sister combo look to out duel competition, each other

Fraternal twins Sarah and Alan Yoho are hoping to lead the Flintridge Prep girls and boys to Division V state titles.

November 27, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Sister and brother star runners Sarah and Alan Yoho, of Flintridge Prep cross country, on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013.
Sister and brother star runners Sarah and Alan Yoho, of… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

Even from the earliest stages, timing was an important factor for the brother-and-sister cross-country duo of Flintridge Prep seniors Sarah and Alan Yoho.

Separated by mere minutes at birth, the fraternal twins are close, yet diverse and competitive.

What both Pasadena residents have in common is that each is attempting to the lead their respective girls' and boys' squads to a title at the CIF State Cross-Country Championships on Saturday at Fresno's Woodward Park.

The Flintridge Prep girls will compete in the Division V championships at 11:45 a.m., while the boys race in the final event of the day at 1:25 p.m.

"We're pretty competitive in cross-country and life in general," Sarah said. "But I really support Alan and I want him to do well. I'll be rooting for him.

"After all, I don't want to be the only one winning."

While expectations are similar, circumstances are not.

Alan Yoho enters Saturday's finals in a league of his own.

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The Prep League champion was in cruise control at last Saturday's CIF Southern Section Division V Championships at Mount San Antonio College, running away to an individual victory in a time of 15 minutes, 10 seconds.

"My focus was to pace [teammate] Jack Van Scoter and then to kind of go on my own the last mile of the race," Alan said. "I didn't run my best time, but I wasn't trying to either. I wanted to win a championship and I did."

Sarah Yoho was one of the many onlookers who took notice of her brother.

"It's great to see his success and to see him succeed," Sarah said. "Technically, he's my 'older brother' by a few minutes, so he thinks he needs to set the example."

Alan will need his best effort of the season to check some of the to-do items off an ambitious list that includes helping his team win a state title, while clinching an individual championship and earning a berth to the 10th annual Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon on Dec. 7.

"This Saturday is going to be different than at Mt. SAC," Alan Yoho said. "I'm going to go all out."

Flintridge Prep, which clinched the program's fifth CIF Southern Section championship last weekend, enters second-ranked in state to defending champion St. Joseph Notre Dame, according to prepcaltrack.com.

The same ranking site lists Alan as the state's No. 1 divisional runner, ahead of Marin Academy's second-ranked Trevor Reinhart, the defending state champion.

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