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Riley Marx and McKenzie Fairchild of Andale

ANDALE, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) — Andale’s juniors Riley Marx and McKenzie Fairchild top the state javelin standings and are also garnering national attention. The cousin couple hail from one of Kansas’ most athletic families. Two of Fairchild’s brothers play college football here in Kansas (Kansas State and Pittsburgh) while his sister currently throws the javelin at Texas A&M.

Andale athletics head coach Tyler Ryan said he praised the pair as well as their family background.

“They are two of the hardest working kids we have in school,” he said. “I mean, they just work hard. I think they’ve seen this with their siblings as well and they just know it’s expected. “You will come and work hard. We’re not here to mess around. I think that message is catching on and has been delivered.

Fairchild said growing up in such an athletic family led to some fun competitions growing up.

“During the holidays, we always get involved and we always play some type of sport,” she said. “But it’s amazing to see that everyone is doing so well in their own field.”

Fairchild and Marx are both currently near the top of the national javelin rankings this season with respective throws of 160-foot-3 and 209-foot-9.

Marx said being on top of the whole nation is exciting and he is honored to be near the top.

“It’s really cool to be recognized,” Marx said. “We have to follow the competitions and the kids will be like, ‘Hey, are you so-and-so’ and that’s a pretty cool experience.”

Not only have the pair been successful with the javelin so far this season, Fairchild also leads the entire 4A class in the shot put and discus events. Marx comes second in the 4A disc event only behind his own teammate Beau Kerschen.

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