Published: March 30, 2014
After closer study, you still probably couldn't tell Pine Creek's fastest identical twins Gabby and Katie Sered apart.
Dripping to the brim with the same frenetic bubbliness, they have the same golden-blonde hair, the same speech patterns, the same 4.6 GPA, many of the same friends and run in the same events with just about the same personal-best times in each.
Yes, it can get confusing at times.
"I think Gabby is a little taller than me," Katie says when you are figuring out who you're talking to. "I'm 5-1, and she's almost 5-2, I think."
It doesn't matter. Not with the way things are going for the two seniors.
Not to be mistaken for one person, as the two still pride themselves on being individuals (just a "package deal" as they say), two-fold success has always followed the Sered sisters. Thinking back to the days of cheerleading in middle school, to picking up running in high school - and finally, to the present day, where the two recently accepted spots on the UCLA track and cross country teams next year, success has always been rather routine for the sisters.
"It's been a fun ride and it's always been our dream to go to UCLA. It's just been great and we're just really excited," Katie says.
In reality, however, it's not just a two-girl show in the close-knit Sered family. Behind the sisters every step of the way, and near the edges of the rubber track, cheers their paternal triplet, Jack.
Jack, who attends Discovery Canyon, is developmentally disabled and can't do much of what his sisters can. He can't communicate like they can, run like they can or accomplish many of same academic feats that his two sisters can.
Some may think, because of it, he couldn't keep up with his upbeat sisters. That he would feel left out.
But they'd be wrong, Gabby and Katie say.
Instead, when talking to the two sisters they'll tell you Jack has always been there, supporting them like any good brother would.
"We are all so close and actually so similar. We love just spending time with each other," Gabby says. "When we committed to UCLA it was amazing, and we were so glad we could share it with our brother. We're always rallying together."
Coming off quite of bit of success in cross country, Katie and Gabby hope to help Pine Creek leapfrog their consecutive fifth-place finishes in 2012 and 2013, and improve on their own fifth-place finish at state in the 3,200 relay.
"We are looking pretty darn good," longtime Eagles track coach Max Oliver said. "Katie and Gabby give us a lot of depth in our distance races, and should help us a lot especially in our 4x800 relay."