CLATSKANIE — As sixth-graders, twins Crew and Cooper Blodgett watched their older brother, Codi, start his high school track career at Clatskanie High School, and it made an impact.
The elder Blodgett would go on to set several school sprinting records, win a state title and go to Western Oregon University, and his younger twins brothers are following in those footsteps.
The Blodgett twins, after a stellar high school track career and an involved non-athletic four years at Clatskanie, will run track next season at Northwest Christian University. Both received academic and athletic scholarships that will almost entirely pay for their tuition.
“Just to highlight, my life revolves around sports,” Crew said. With his focus on sports and getting good grades, high school passed quickly.
“It’s been a quick four years. It’s like it passed in a blink of an eye.”
Crew and Cooper started running track at the behest of Codi. They saw how much Codi enjoyed running track themselves, but went out for the middle school team with Codi’s encouragement.
They instantly fell in love and started decorated careers that weighed down their necks.
Cooper was the standout, qualifying for the state meet as a freshman and earning a podium spot on the 4x100 meter relay.
As sophomores, both were on the 4x100 relay team that finished seventh at the state meet, and Cooper added a third-place finish in the 100 meter sprint for good measure.
Their junior year was the one to remember.
With Crew starting and Cooper anchoring, the Blodgetts lead the Tigers 4x100 team, also featuring Ryan Watson and Kees Tjarda, to a state title, winning by nearly a full second over second-place Pleasant Hill and set a 3A state record with a time of 43.34 seconds.
“It’s an unreal feeling,” Cooper said of being tops in the state. “You cross the finish line and then you look up and see your time. There’s really no better feeling than it.”
But they weren’t done.
Crew qualified for the javelin but placed ninth, Cooper had a season-best time in the 100 and finished fourth, clocked another season best in the 200 meter and finished third.
As a senior, Cooper broke several of his brother’s records, setting school-best times in the 100 (10.91) and 200 (22.35), and narrowly missed setting the school record in the 400 by two tenths of a second. That senior year Cooper won state titles in both the 100 and 200, but failed to finish in the 4x100 relay with Crew not running due to a torn ACL during football season.
Still, those careers caught the attention of Northwest Christian, which sent Cooper a letter expressing interest. After meeting the pair at a couple of Codi’s Western Oregon meets and some research done by the twins, it seemed like a spot they would see themselves at, and they pulled the trigger.
“It just kinda clicked,” Cooper said. “We took a tour and decided that was a great opportunity. That’s where we wanted to go and further our education.”
“Whatever we do (we do together),” Crew added. “It’s better on cost for my parents and stuff. They reached out and said they were interested, and we just talked. It’s a good fit. We liked the coach. It’s a good place in Eugene. We’re excited.”
Though both admitted athletics is at the center of their lives, it’s not the only thing. Both will graduate this weekend with perfect 4.0 GPAs, and both were members of the National Honor Society — Crew was treasurer and Cooper was vice president — in addition to their four years playing football, basketball and, of course, running track.
That active lifestyle is one the Blodgetts want to continue. They don’t want to “sit behind a desk” in a swivel chair and look at a computer. They want to be on their feet and, preferably, as close to their passion of sports as possible.
In that vein, they will study exercise science with the aim of becoming athletic trainers.
“Just being active, being an active lifestyle, that’s probably the main part,” Cooper said. I don’t like sitting at a desk. I like being able to move around and stuff like that. Being like an athletic trainer or something where you get to be part of a team still and have that atmosphere.”
“That’s kind of who I am and the person (I am),” Crew added. “I just like living an active lifestyle. It combines my two favorite things: which is sports and helping people.”