‘Thunder’ and ‘Lightning’ hit Moscow


Redshirt junior Lucas Sealby competes in the 400-meter dash at the Vandal Open, Jan. 19, 2013.

It has been a record breaking beginning to the 2014 campaign, and today the Washington State track and field teams will attempt to continue its quick start out of the blocks.

The team will head to Moscow this weekend to participate in the Vandal Indoor and Vandal Open.

The Cougars will send 34 men and 23 women into action at the Vandal Indoor and close to 50 will participate in the open.

Two of those athletes competing are redshirt junior brothers Jacob and Lucas Sealby. As junior leaders on the team, the Sealby brothers said that the talent is there this season, but the team is waiting for more of their youth to explode onto the scene.

“We have a bunch of young guys who are pretty motivated,” Lucas said. “With our coaching staff they can become really good.”

His brother Jacob, a sprinter, will be competing in the 800 meter, which is not typical for him. Jacob said he will be looking at the meet this weekend as a tune up for the following weekend.

“I cramped up last week in a race, so the coaches are trying to be extra safe,” Jacob said. “I’m not going to be doing anything too fast.”

Lucas, also a sprinter, will be competing in the 400 meter and 200 meter. He said that this will be his first 200 meter in nearly three years, which is something he is excited for.

The Sealby brothers’ journey to the WSU track team is one not often traveled. Originally recruited to play football by former coach Paul Wulff, they quickly realized track was more their sport. It wasn’t until a growth spurt before their senior year of high school that the twins realized they had a chance to participate in track collegiately.

In addition, Jacob said he would rather perform and excel in a sport rather than be a participant on a team.

“It doesn’t get a lot of attention, but the track team here has been consistently good.” Jacob said. “You know if you come here you’re going to get results.”

On top of switching to track full time, Lucas has dealt with two surgeries during his freshman and sophomore years. He said that he is finally healthy and looking to be competitive on the track this season.

“Our conference is one of the best in the whole nation,” Lucas said. “I really want people to recognize who I am and take me as a threat in races.”

Lucas said it took through last season to adjust to just how long a collegiate track season is.

Jacob on the other hand is setting the bar high.

“I need to make it to nationals in something because it’s my last year of indoor,” Jacob said. “I’ve been here for three years and not making it would be a disappointment.”

Because they are both sprinters, the brothers enjoy a luxury that many do not: constant motivation.

“We hold each other to a higher standard,” Jacob said. “Most guys will come out after a race regardless of how you do and say good job, but we aren’t afraid to get in each other’s face if someone has a poor performance.”

Lucas added that it’s always in the back of his mind that when one of them doesn’t perform well it affects the other just as much.

But at the end of the day, the Sealby brothers understand the commitment and dedication needed to compete at the Pac-12 level and are on pace for a successful season.