Prep boys track: Grantsville's Durfees provide pipeline for Weber State
Dan Walker, track coach at Weber State, already has one Durfee from Grantsville on his current squad and another recent high-school graduate on the way after a two-year LDS mission is complete.
And that makes him more than a little familiar with the family.
So when Walker hears that another runner from the same clan might walk on once this one's mission is completed, he has no problem with that.
"Somewhere along the way, before they ever met us, they became tough young men," Walker said.
Dustin Durfee just completed his junior year with the Wildcats, a track season that ended with a couple of appearances for Durfee at the first round of the NCAA track championships in Austin, Texas.
While that was happening, Dustin's younger brother Bren was graduating from Grantsville High just after finishing second in the 400-meter run at the Class 3A state track meet.
The brothers are part of a family of nine, headed by father Chad and mother Jill Durfee. Almost everyone has run track, and another, Dane, might try walking on at Weber State when his mission is over.
If there's a common characteristic running in the blood, besides running itself, it might be that the Durfees are a little bit on the quiet side.
"Extremely," Walker said. "It took us about three years to get a conversation out of Dustin. But he's got a fun sense of humor, and you've got to pay attention because he's quiet."
Dustin Durfee, part of the Weber State 1,600 relay team that took first at the Big Sky conference meet, qualified for the initial NCAA meet in that event and the 400 hurdles.
The latter is an event that he only recently started to excel at, but the meet in Austin was the end of the season for Dustin, who was disappointed he wasn't one of the top 12 to advance to the championship round.
"That's why he's as good as he is, because he expects great things from himself," Walker said.
"I was just surprised," Dustin Durfee said. "I didn't really think I was going to get there and was kind of star struck."
As for Bren, he competed at state in the 400, 200, long jump and the medley relay for Grantsville. He was fourth in the 200, but his best event the 400 is not necessarily what one would call a favorite of his.
"I don't really like the race that much," he said. "The last 100 kills. It's just who has the most guts to get to the end."
Before Dustin Durfee started his current stint at Weber State, he also spent a year at the school before his own mission to Jacksonville, Fla. If Bren likewise waited a year before serving a mission, he would have one year of running with his older brother on the Wildcats team. But that's not in the cards.
"That kind of made the decision a little harder," said Bren Durfee, who will begin his two-year LDS mission to Portugal in September. "It's mostly because they changed the age [of missionary eligibility], and it's one of the most important things to me, so I wanted to go right away."