Urbanski sisters find success for King’s Fork

Published 9:23 pm Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Imani and Amari Urbanski are sisters who have set out to thrive for King’s Fork High School’s indoor track and field team.

Sisters Imani and Amari Urbanski both qualified for state competition in the high jump for King’s Fork High School.

Sisters Imani and Amari Urbanski both qualified for state competition in the high jump for King’s Fork High School.

Imani is the older and a junior at King’s Fork, while Amari is 13 months younger and is a sophomore at the school. Both of them are a part of the Bulldogs track and field teams and are reaching new heights as the season goes on.

Prior to the season, the sisters set a common goal for themselves. It was to qualify for states, and both were able to do that as high jumpers. Imani did so in the first meet of the season, and Amari qualified a couple of meets later. The two sisters are excited to be participating in the state competition for the first time with each other.

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“Reaching that goal is great, especially knowing you have your sister right by your side cheering you on the whole time,” Imani said. “She is the reason I keep pushing sometimes.”

“I am happy to have made it this far, and I wouldn’t have made it without my support system, especially my sister,” Amari said of qualifying for states with her sister.

Each sister is the other’s No. 1 fan. Each sister looks to the other to see how they can be better. Imani knows whatever her sister says in her best interest. Amari sees potential in her sister to do great things, and she always wants her to know that she is on her side.

“They are very competitive at everything that they do,” said their father, Anthony Urbanski. “They feed off of one another, so typically when one has a bad day the other almost always does as well. It’s almost as if they were twins. It’s huge seeing them qualify for state, because we know the potential they have. We really feel their excitement with them.”

The father also gave credit to the program King’s Fork coach Shawn Warren has built. It pushes kids to success, as Warren and assistant coach Steve Sheppard want what’s best for their runners as they develop a quality program, Urbanski said.

Imani and Amari are motivated by the support they receive and by the dedication required to be successful in track and field. At the moment, Imani is currently rehabbing a hip-flexor injury, and Amari has been there every step of the way helping her sister get back to 100 percent.