Engelking, a common name on the track at Tufts University
Westborough – Derek, Jared and Kelly Engelking have given an all-new meaning to the catchphrase "family plan" at Tufts University.
The siblings all not only attend the Medford-based school, but they all also compete for the Jumbos indoor and outdoor track and field teams.
"When my brother came to Tufts two years ago, a lot of my friends said to me, 'We didn't know you had a brother,'" said Derek Engelking, the eldest of the clan. "When my sister showed up last September, they were even more shocked."
The trio is the only such set of relatives at Tufts.
Derek graduated from Tufts earlier this month with a bachelor's degree in economics. He plans to attend Brown University's Graduate School of Public Aff airs and Public Policy in the fall.
"Even though we've all assured them that there's no more kids at home," Derek said, "I think some people at the school, especially in the Athletic Department, are expecting another Engelking from Westborough to be enrolled in the fall."
There won't be, because there really are no more children at home. There will be another Engelking at the school, however, and this one has been there longer than Derek, Jared and Kelly combined.
Their father, Larry Engelking, is a professor at Tufts, having taught physiology in the medical and veterinary schools for 28 years.
Derek competed in the pentathlon and decathlon for the Jumbos this year, while Jared ran the 55- and 110-meter hurdles and Kelly competed in the pole vault and javelin.
All three scored points in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championships, held last month at Hamilton College, helping both Jumbo teams finish second. The troika also competed at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Colleges Championships and the NCAA Division 3 New England Regional Championships.
At Westborough High, Derek and Jared participated in soccer and basketball, as well as track, while Kelly was on the volleyball and track teams.
All three of the Engelking children react the same way to the hubbub surrounding the fact that they all attend the same university.
"I think it's unique, but certainly not special," Derek said. "There are about 5,000 undergraduates on campus, so its not like we run into each other every day walking to class. We see each other every day at track practice because the teams practice together, but other than that, it's like any other friend, you have to call and set something up if you want to meet them on campus."
Jared will be a junior in the fall. He is a political science major. Kelly will be a sophomore in the fall and is in the mechanical engineering program. She agreed with her older brother's assessment of the uniqueness of their situation.
"There's an occasional sighting in the dining hall, but that's about it," Kelly said. "Other than that, and at practice, we really don't see much of each other. We've got our own studies on our own parts of campus and our own groups of friends."
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