COLUMBIA — From about 20 rows up the bleachers at Jefferson City High School's track, Annette Schulte screams to get her daughter's attention.
Megan Schulte, a senior on the Rock Bridge track team, has just placed second in the girls 1600-meter run at the Capitol City Relays, earlier this month in Jefferson City, and her mother wants to acknowledge her success.
“She’s not going to look at me,” Annette Schulte says. “She doesn’t want to be the center of attention. She always just likes to be part of the team. She doesn’t like kudos from anybody, ever.”
It's a different attitude than her brother's. Evan Schulte, a junior on the Bruins' boys track team, is much less shy.
However, it would seem the siblings might have similar outlooks. As athletes, they follow the same path: Just a short while after his sister's race, Evan Schulte placed second in the boys 1600-meter run.
Megan and Evan Schulte share the slender and sleek physiques of distance runners. Both run the anchor leg of the 4-x-800-meter relay, the 1600-meter run and the 3200-meter run.
Megan Schulte will attend Missouri University of Science and Technology in the fall and run on its cross country and track teams. University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri, University of Illinois and Notre Dame are recruiting Evan Schulte.
The Schultes don’t compete against each other, though.
“They’re very competitive people, and very competitive racers and very competitive in their training,” coach Neal Blackburn said. “But when it comes to one another, they’re not trying to outdo one another. They’re trying to complement one another.”
Perhaps that's why their personalities differ so.
Evan Schulte is more outgoing, eager to talk about his and his sister's running, while Megan Schulte defers to her brother's explanations.
Megan Schulte puts a lot of focus on her schoolwork, while Evan Schulte admits he does the opposite.
Annette Schulte said she and her husband, Eric, need to ask Evan before he will work on homework, while Megan needs to be asked to have fun.
But as Rock Bridge runners, they are alike — training 47 to 50 weeks each year, depending on the weather. According to Blackburn, they often organize and lead Rock Bridge’s offseason workouts, when coaches are not present.
However, in the fall Megan Schulte will leave to attend college in Rolla, where she will study engineering, her father's profession.
She won't be there to complement her brother anymore. They won’t be sharing their car. Evan Schulte will have that to himself. But his sister won’t be able to help him with homework or edit his essays.
And track meets will be different for both of them.
“It’s gonna be totally different at our house," Annette Schulte said.