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Lancaster's Surdej siblings among best throwers in New York

Natalia, Jonathan are Super 7 athletes of the week
Posted at 2:39 PM, Feb 16, 2018

One week ago, Lancaster's Natalia Surdej put her name in the New York State record books.

"I was tearing up," she said. "It was just a really proud moment for myself."

The freshman recorded a 20-pound weight throw of 49 feet, 11 and a half inches. It broke the New York State freshman record and earned her the number two ranking in the state of New York.

But there was one person who may have been a little prouder in that moment, her older brother Jonathan.

"I was screaming my head off," he said. "It was just awesome to see her work so hard and she's always working so hard and I've never seen a day where she's not working hard."

Jonathan is a junior and just like his sister is making a name for himself.

He currently recorded a shot put throw of 58 feet, 9 inches, earning a number one ranking in New York.

"I don't look at it as pressure," Jonathan said about his top ranking. "I look at it as good competition and I look forward to facing them at States because that's the ultimate goal."

Both Jonathan and Natalia are on their way to the Indoor Track and Field Championships and just like any siblings, there's some rivalry. 

"I always think I have to beat him, I have to be the better of the two children," said Natalia.

But there's also camaraderie as they root for each other to be the best.

"We talk after every meet," Natalia said. "We congratulate each other and we tell each other what we need to do better."

"She's always been right there," added Jonathan. "If I didn't have her, I wouldn't be where I am."

They're two siblings who are setting the bar in the weight throw and shot put.

While both agree they're each other's biggest fans, they can't agree on who the best thrower in the family really is.

"That's me," Jonathan answered when asked.

"Me," Natalia replied.



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