Twin brothers and 2020 Platte Canyon High School graduates Tim and Chris Long have accomplished a great deal as individuals, each leaving his own legacy of success in academic, athletic and extracurricular endeavors during the previous four years.
They both agree wholeheartedly that a spirited brand of brotherly competition has been a motivating factor and driving force in their success along the way. But they also admit, without hesitation, that if not for the constant and unconditional support they have mutually shared, their list of individual accomplishments might be much less impressive.
“We are competitive, but we are also collaborative,” Tim said. “And both of us wonder what it will be like when we are apart for the first time this fall.”
Chris and Tim will almost certainly display the same passion, determination and commitment they have always exhibited in and out of the classroom at the college level, but they will do so while living about 1,150 miles apart.
Tim, who collected seven varsity letters in four separate sports and maintained well better than a B average during his high school career, is headed to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he hopes to participate in both cross-country and track.
As a PCHS Husky, Tim lettered in cross-country four consecutive years and finished eighth amongst a richly talented field of runners at the Colorado High School State Meet in Colorado Springs last fall.
Tim believes he is just coming into his own as a distance runner, and that his best days are still ahead of him. Notably, Tim finished 41st at the State Meet as a junior, improving by an astounding 33 places in just one year to garner a top 10 medal as a senior.
Tim plans to pursue a double-major in business and economics with a minor in history at Coe College.
“I had a lot of memorable times in high school, and have no regrets,” Tim said. “Finishing eighth at the State Meet and participating in the SEVENTY48 Race last year were two of my best memories.”
Chris and Tim were each selected to participate in the SEVENTY48 Race, whereby the PCHS team constructed a 40-foot outrigger boat and conquered a 70-mile journey from Tacoma, Wash., to Port Townsend, Wash. with an official time of 17 hours and 41 minutes.
Riding aboard the largest boat ever entered in the race, the crew of PCHS teachers, parents and students finished 23rd out of 109 boats May 31 of 2019. The story drew national attention and the kids from Bailey enjoyed semi-celebrity status as a result of their efforts.
According to Tim, his involvement in sports played a vital role in his development while attending PCHS.
“Sports did a lot for me, really,” Tim said. “They helped me to gain an understanding of what it means to be part of a team, and how to put individual goals aside for the sake of the team. And former cross-country coach Bill Stahl helped me to push myself, and to challenge myself to get better all the time.”
Both Tim and Chris insisted that their parents, Paul and Arlene Long, were by far their most significant role models.
“Their work ethic rubbed off on us for sure,” Chris said.
“Yeah, they are our most influential role models without a doubt,” Tim added.
Chris’s accomplishments during high school were no less impressive than his brother’s. He finished his high school career with a 3.75 grade point average and was a four-year honor roll student.
Chris lettered three years for the PCHS ski team, and two years as a member of the varsity cross country team. He also participated in baseball and basketball. Chris also finished 52nd in the state among all high school skiers across all classifications as a senior.
“I’m going to Montana State University and will major in mechanical engineering and minor in aerospace studies,” Chris said. “I’m not planning on playing sports at the college level, but I do plan to keep skiing a lot.”
“I’m really interested in how things work, moving parts and engines, and things like that,” Chris said. Chris said in addition to his parents, Andrew and Jarrod Puseman had been instrumental in his development.
“I met them as part of Boy Scouts at a young age, and they have always been there,” Chris said.
Chris was also complimentary of PCHS ski coach, Bob Feroldi, who taught him that the process of getting better as a skier was every bit as important as results from a given race.
“Coach Feroldi always said ‘concentrate on skiing rather than racing,’ and the racing will take care of itself,” Chris said. “I always thought that was a great approach.”
Chris, who was also selected to participate in the SEVENTY48 Race, agreed with his brother that it was certainly an event to remember.
“That was the experience of a lifetime,” Tim said. “It is amazing what people can do if they are all mentally committed to a collective goal.”
“Yeah, and it was also fun to prove all of the non-believers wrong,” Tim added. “A lot of people underestimated us.”
Armed with a long list of lofty accomplishments, the work ethic instilled in them by their parents and the continuation of brotherly competition and collaboration, the Long brothers, collectively or individually, should never be underestimated.