Twins Emma and Rich Sanchez, sophomores on the Fairview High School track team, didn’t compare notes before running the 400-meter dash at last weekend’s Boulder Invitational track meet, but both ran in the same lane, both finished 2nd place, and both ran Personal Bests. No one accused them of copying each other’s work, they just happened to have “break-thru” performances at the same distance on the same day. Emma’s time was 60:04 while Rich’s was 50.98.
Emma has historically excelled at the 400-meters but has recently experienced success at the 800, having anchored the Gold-Medal winning Ric Rojas Running 4 x 800-meter Relay Team at the Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho, while Rich has excelled at longer distances, having run a personal best of 4:36 at the Simplot Games and anchoring the Ric Rojas Running 4 x 800-meter Relay Team to a Bronze medal at the Simplot Games.
“We didn’t discuss anything before the meet,” recalled Emma. “I was running as fast as I could and was just happy to get a ‘PR’ so early in the season!”
Earlier in the day, Rich had anchored the Fairview Boys 4 x 800-meter Relay team to a resounding first-place by a 15 second margin over Ft. Collins High with a 1:57 final leg, but his 400 ‘PR’ was the highlight of his day. “I really wanted to run a good open ‘400’ at this meet,” he said. “And I am happy for Emma but we didn’t really plan anything like this.”
The Sanchez twins will next compete at the Windsor invitational this weekend.