The Reschke brothers of Geneseo, IL, have a lot in common. They look alike, with their athletic builds and closely cropped brown hair, and after high school, all five opted to attend Monmouth College.
But that’s not the most interesting part. Earlier this year, when Ethan and Jordan, the youngest of the bunch, made their debuts with Monmouth’s track and field team, they were following in the footsteps of all three of their older brothers.
As Geneseo Republic reporter Amy Carton points out, it’s “a special and unique thing” to compete in collegiate sports, but it’s “even more rare” to see five brothers suit up for the same school—and in the same sport.
“We all did the same sports in high school, and track was the spring sport of choice,” Josh, the first of the Reschkes to enroll at Monmouth and run for the squad, told the newspaper.
In addition to running track, Josh played basketball in high school, and it was his passion for hoops that led him to select Monmouth and inadvertently set the whole Reschke chain reaction in motion.
“I visited a lot of schools to play basketball because that’s what I wanted to do, and track was second,” he said. “Monmouth was a late decision, but the best decision. It was close and comfortable. When I went on a visit, I met with the basketball coach and the track coach [Roger Haynes]. Coach Haynes knew who we were, and the way he made me feel, I knew I was going to do track, too.”
Next came Luke, who played basketball and football and broke the school record in the 400-meter dash. Third was Shane, a “versatile” role-player of an athlete, as Haynes told the Republic.
Due to the family’s close connection to the school, Ethan and Jordan met Haynes and soaked in the Monmouth atmosphere long before it came to time to pick colleges. The small liberal-arts school in Monmouth, IL, must have seemed an obvious choice, but Ethan says it was a choice he ultimately made on his own.
“I felt no pressure to go to Monmouth,” he said. “It would be nice to have the success like they did, but it will take a lot of hard work just like they did.”
As for Coach Haynes, he’s thrilled to be coaching his fourth and fifth Reschkes.
“They all certainly have a great work ethic, and they get that from their parents,” said Haynes. “They work hard and have been successful. They are willing to make changes. Hardworking and coachable is a great combination.”
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg