GET'S Dana Feyen and Viroqua's Jillian Weston are Coulee Conference rivals, and that battle extended to the State Championships. Last year, Weston edged out Feyen in the 1600 meter run by nearly three seconds. However, this year it was a different story.
It all started out the same as Feyen entered as the number one seed, Weston the number three seed.
" They have gone back and forth in competition," Dana's Mother Sara Feyen said. " They have enjoyed this rivalry. It has been very been friendly, but you have two of the fastest distance girls in the state in the same conference, so we get to enjoy this play out week in and week out."
" Jillian is a great competitor," Dana Feyen added. " She is a class act, so yeah it is just great to have that Coulee Conference rival to push each other."
Feyen and Weston were neck and neck entering the final lap, but Feyen was the one to pull out in the end with a time of 5:11.13.
" I definitely wanted to get that 16-hundred title," Dana Feyen said. " My top-end speed has never been my strongest point, so I have been working on my kick and being able to sustain that position."
" We just want to say that she works hard, but truly she just puts in effort," Sara Feyen said. " It is not work because she is doing what she loves."
Part of what she loves is running along side her twin brother, Doug, who has a big impact on her success as they train together at home.
" It is just fantastic," Sara Feyen said. " It warms my heart that they plan their runs, they talk about their runs, that's just something so special that they have, and it just means so much to our family."
The emotion on her mother's face stems from something much deeper than just this race.
" This was my baby who wasn't breathing when she was born," Sara Feyen said. " She was in intensive care, and I am still emotional when I see her run. It is just beautiful to me. "
We sure aren't done seeing Dana run on the track yet as she heads into her favorite sport cross country where she looks to defend her title.