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Grubbs family helps lift Maize South track

From left: Indashia Sander from Heights, JaQuita Jones from east and Rachel Grubbs from Maize South compete in the 100 meter dash at Northwest High on Friday. (April 1, 2011)
From left: Indashia Sander from Heights, JaQuita Jones from east and Rachel Grubbs from Maize South compete in the 100 meter dash at Northwest High on Friday. (April 1, 2011) The Wichita Eagle

By their own admission, nothing can separate Gabi, Hannah and Rachel Grubbs.

They are triplets, all seniors at Maize South. Each has her own unique trait, but all three share the same look. All three are exemplary students.

Perhaps their greatest difference is their spring activities. Hannah and Rachel are standout track athletes, while Gabi sings and plays the guitar and piano. But don’t worry, they’ve got that covered too.

“We go to pretty much all of her performances and she comes to as many track meets as she can,” Hannah said.

Hannah and Rachel have been addicted to track since they were introduced to it during their sixth-grade year at an all-sports camp. When put to the test against their age group, the sisters discovered they could run faster than most.

That hasn’t changed in high school. Both have qualified for state all three years — Rachel in the 100, 200, 400, 400 relay, and Hannah in the 100, 100 and 300 hurdles, 400 relay.

“Track is just something we’ve always done together,” Rachel said. “It definitely brings us closer together because we encourage each other and stuff, especially through hard practices. It’s always nice to have someone there for you all the time.”

There’s no jealousy between them or Gabi, who tried track out for a few weeks last season. They know each other so well, nothing comes as a surprise.

“Like if we race each other, we already know which one of us is going to win,” Hannah said. “I’m not going to try to beat (Rachel) in the 400. I expect her to win, and vice versa in the hurdles.”

Their events coach at Maize South, Brent Pfeifer, already felt blessed to have two Grubbs sisters. Then he found out their younger sister, Charis, is a freshman this year. Pfeifer said he wouldn’t be surprised if the three could team together to make a formidable 400 relay team when the season starts on Friday at the Southeast Invitational.

“They’re all very similar in the way they compete,” Pfeifer said. “When they line up and that gun goes off, they have big hearts and they want to win every time. But I think the best part of it is they’re a fantastic family. We feel very fortunate to have the Grubbs family be a part of our school and program.”

The triplets recently decided they all would accept scholarships and together attend Anderson University, a private Christian school in Indiana where their parents graduated.

Like they said, nothing can separate them.

“It’s probably the best decision we could have ever made,” Hannah said.

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