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Stone siblings bring family tie to Binghamton athletics

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VESTAL (WBNG) -- Kaylee and Josh Stone brought their sibling bond from Windsor High School to Binghamton University, taking on the Bearcats cross country and track programs together.

Kaylee is a senior this year, and said she was thrilled when her brother decided to follow in her footsteps and commit to Binghamton.

"I was super excited about it," she said. "Really when you (Josh) got into the School of Engineering, I was like okay this is a good chance he's going to come here."

Josh is a freshman this year and said his sister was a big reason he wanted to stay close to home.

"Kaylee was pretty influential," he said. "Obviously she didn't want to control my decision or anything. I really liked the school first and then I really liked the athletics."

This wasn't the first time Kaylee helped Josh make a big decision. Josh switched from football to cross country his freshman year of high school, a decision he consulted with Kaylee.

"My freshman year I did football, basketball and outdoor track," said Josh. "I kind of talked to Kaylee about it and decided to make the switch from football to cross country."

Josh said his transition to running was a lot easier thanks to his sister.

"She always provided that knowledge along with everything else that has to do with running," he said. "Without her I might not have been able to make the switch and had I, I wouldn't have been as successful."

This is the first time in four years the two have been on the same team. With the COVID-19 pandemic postponing the cross country season, Josh is especially leaning on Kaylee as he adjusts to his freshman year.

"She's been able to answer a lot of questions for me for sure about more so what's to come. Right now I'm trying to adjust to college living and living on campus," he said.

There's no sibling rivalry between the Stone's. Instead, they talk about their training and build off one another.

"I'll tell him how my workouts went," said Kaylee. "We just did that today, just talking about some of the times for yesterday's workout."

"We definitely see each other as sources of motivation, maybe not so much from the competition aspect," said Josh.

With three years between Kaylee and Josh, being back in the same uniform has made their bond grow even stronger.

"Watching each other is something we've always enjoyed," said Kaylee.

"We cheer each other on pretty loud," said Josh. "I'm looking forward to it, it's going to be a lot of fun when we get going with it."

Team workouts are currently on hold at Binghamton University. When they can pick up again, Josh and Kaylee said they train in small groups a few times a week.

At this point, nothing has been decided about the indoor track and field season.

Nicole Menner

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