To say that track and field coaches whose teams face off against Scott County (Kent.) High see a lot of the name Norris during meets is an understatement. The confusing part is keeping track of exactly which Norris is doing damage to their team.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Scott County boys track team has emerged as a force thanks to the efforts of identical twins. Over the course of the 2011 season, seniors Donovan Norris, pictured at right, and Dominique Norris have led the school's track program to new heights while also pushing toward individual titles of their own.
"In the 400, [the Norrises compete against each other] a little bit, because he's always been a little faster than me. But I'm hoping to crush him this year," Dominique Norris told the Herald-Leader. "No -- just kidding. But I'm hoping to at least match his time so that I can be more of an asset to the team."
Dominique Norris is fast on his way to claiming a first state title for the brothers in the 110-meter high hurdles event. He is also a contender for a state crown in the 300-meter intermediary hurdles. Meanwhile, Donovan specializes in the 400 and 800-meter runs.
Together, the duo starts and finishes the school's dangerous 4x100-meter relay, which has emerged victorious from a number of dual meets this season.
While neither brother is a sure bet for a title, the good-natured competitiveness that flows between them makes both brothers and Scott County a legitimate threat.
"We're a family that never quits anything," Donovan told the Herald-Leader. "We are a very loving family. Me and my brother ... we're a lot closer than a lot of siblings are because we think sometimes, like once we get into college, we're all we've got. We're our best friends, and we'll always have each other, and we'll try to steer each other in the right direction."
The two plan on attending the same college, probably at a smaller school near their Kentucky hometown. The coaches of their prep opponents probably don't care where the Norrises end up, they'll just be glad they don't have to see their athletes lining up against them at future meets.