There are always many great stories that come out of the Rocky Mountain State Games. Among the best this year is the 15-year old Bastin twins of Monument.
Stirling and Scarlett Bastin will compete in the Games in track and field at Lewis-Palmer High School on July 27.
They are both entered in the 15-16 year division in the male and female 100 meters and 200 meters.
Not to rest on their success on the cinders, Stirling also competed in the rock climbing competition at City Rock on July 19-20.
The Bastin family was an Air Force family, and Stirling achieved several solid finishes in regional competitions while the family was station in Germany. Their parents are Dale and Dagmar El Stark-Bastin.
Scarlett is a sophomore at Palmer Ridge and was a member of the school’s track and tennis teams last year. She teamed with senior Shale Perconti to fashion a 3-2 season mark and advance to the state tennis tournament.
Scarlett attended Monument Academy through the eighth grade.
Stirling, who holds a Brown Belt in Karate will be a freshman at Palmer Ridge this fall and is also playing soccer this summer for Monument Academy.
Both are intensely competitive, and credit their dad for the inspiration to achieve in sports. He played basketball at Texas A&M and loved to run; a trait has obviously passed on to his children.
When Dale retired from the Air Force four years ago, the family moved to Monument.
Last year, Scarlett won a varsity letter in track and field and was the only freshman to qualify to run the 4X400 meter relay at the state track and field meet. The Palmer Ridge girls finished third in the Class 4A finals with a 3:57.04 clocking.
Scarlett had season bests in the 400M (1:05.52); 800m (2:41.58); and 300m Hurdles (54.16)
The family also credits older sister Mariah, who was a cheerleader at Texas A&M, as being a role model for the twins. She’s about to become in intern at the United Nations in New York City.
“Sports makes (the twins) happy and has an impact on their lives,” Dagmar said. “Their goal is to make their school and their teams proud.
“Their personalities complement each other. “What one doesn’t have, the other does, so they help each other.”