FORSYTH – A pair of athletically gifted, identical twins dominating the Montana track and field world. Sounds familiar, right?
We know all about Braydon and Bryson Deming at Billings West, but Paul and Cade Johnstone might bring home even more State hardware next week. It’s hard to keep the Forsyth twins straight, so during track season, they make it easier.
“People come up to me and tell me I ran a good 400 when I don’t run the 400,” said Paul.
That’s right – Paul and Cade don’t run the same events. So learn their events, and you’ll learn the Johnstones. But why is that?
“I don’t think you’ll find any other people on the planet as competitive as us,” said Cade. “So it’s hard. But, I think next year we should probably give it a try because I think our times and distances can go much further.”
For now, they’ll stick to their specialties, which are quite special. Cade has the top Class B 400 meter time in the state, and also runs the 100. Paul specializes in the 200 and 800, is the top Class B long jumper, and is No. 2 in the triple jump – a mark he reached Thursday at the Southern B divisional.
“Coach didn’t want me to jump, but I just figured it was a good day to try it out,” said Paul after his 44’0.75″ launch. “I got a PR and I knew it as soon as I landed.”
All told, the two won four individual events and ran the final two legs of Forsyth’s winning long relay, which gave the Dogies the divisional championship.
“It was great,” said Cade. “I love the atmosphere because we’re both PRing, both having fun. I just think all the hard work pays off.”
“We’ve all been practicing pretty hard for the eight guys we have,” Paul said of his Forsyth teammates. “We all just need to do our best, work hard at practice, and go have fun.”
They’ll have one final week of practice to try and do it again at the State B meet in Butte, and you can believe those practices will be just as impressive.
“It’s pretty strong at practice,” said Paul of the competition between he and Cade. “Same intervals, same timed intervals, all that. We push each other because we know that we both can beat each other on any given day.”
“He’s the only one on Earth that probably knows how I feel, like exactly how I feel,” said Cade of the two’s connection. “Like when people don’t get your name right, or mix us up. I think we share the same feeling, and the same goals and desires.”
Both are down to just one – the Dogies’ first State Track & Field title in 40 years.