Like Father, Like Son for Dehavens
by Zach Borg, Weekend Sports Anchor
October 28, 2013 5:58 PM
Addison DeHaven knows what it takes to be a great runner....
"Work ethic. You know, I think it's been proven multiple times that talent is helpful but it's not the only thing that you need." Addison says.
....Because he's grown up with one.
"Kind of play this off as I'm sort of Mercury Morris, 72 Dolphins type of figure, and no matter what you do you won't be able to break those records!" Rod says.
His father Rod is a former Olympian and holds several distance records that Addison will chase this spring.
"Competitive but very relaxed. He's completely left how good I want to be up to myself. I've never been pushed at all by him. You know, I wish I had, a little bit more, because I think I'd be a little bit better right now." Addison says.
"It's a playful little rivalry that we have. But obviously records are made to be broken and he stands a very good chance to do them." Rod says.
For Brookings coach Chris Gruenhagen, who ran for Rod at South Dakota State, it's like looking in a mirror.
"At times it's almost scary how similar they are and how they act. Just their manurisms to watching them both run. They kind of like to throw jabs at each other that, you know, I still got it son! That records still mine until you take it from me!" Gruenhagen says.
After his second state cross country title, it's clear the son is becoming his own man....
"I think he's already kind of established his own legacy. He's done things at the high school level that I've never done." Rod says
...Something Addison's not shy reminding Rod about..
"I was like, okay, I'm better than you now! I'm the alpha male in the running house!" Addison says.
In Brookings, Zach Borg, KDLT Sports.