May 26, 2012

Emma, Claire Deshaies share sisterly bond on PHS track team

PLATTSBURGH — Emma Deshaies has been a staple on the Plattsburgh High track and field team for years now.

Now in her senior season Emma is captain for the third consecutive year and continues to put her name in the record book at the high school.

She holds the school record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:23.5, the 1,500-meter run in 4:45.78 and the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:46.1.

This season the name Deshaies has been plastered throughout the newspaper even more than usual. Emma’s sister, eighth-grader Claire, has joined her sister on the outdoor track and field team, and has been making a strong name for herself as well.

This season has almost become like a handing off of the baton for the Deshaies sisters. Emma is wrapping up her career in a strong way, while looking forward to college. Claire, meanwhile, is just beginning her track career at the school, but so far it looks promising.

“My parents were runners and I have always loved it and had an appreciation for it,” Emma said on why she began running. “I have always had fun doing it.”

Claire, though, got into running for much different reasons.

“I started running because of Emma,” she said. “She has been an inspiration and dad was a sprinter. I got into sprinting because of gymnastics. It has really helped keep my body in shape.”

“It’s funny because mom was a distance runner and dad was a sprinter,” Emma said. “It’s strange how we both went different ways.”

The Deshaies’ father, Brent, was a star runner of his own when he attended Beekmantown — even holding the school record in the 100 at 10.9.

Although a track participant himself, he never pushed the girls into the sport.

“I am very proud of them,” Brent said. “It was their own decision to get involved, but as a parent I am very proud of the work they put in. They set goals and they go after them.

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