YUKON — There's documented proof that Emily Hart won the first race against her sister, Erin.
“By four minutes,” Emily said, pretending to celebrate her accomplishment.
“No, it's cool,” added Erin with her head down, feigning equal dejection.
Twins always remember who won the race out of the womb.
Now juniors on the Edmond Santa Fe track team, Emily and Erin Hart are racing even harder, against each other and the rest of the state's top hurdlers.
The Hart sisters will play a big role in Santa Fe's pursuit to repeat as state champions at the Class 5A and 6A state track meet Friday and Saturday at Yukon High School.
But like most twins, the competition against each other really drives them.
“We compete with each other in grades — really everything,” Emily said. “In practice, if we run together, it's an automatic rivalry, like ‘Oh, I've got to beat her every time.' That's why I like running with her.”
Emily has posted some of the lowest times in Class 6A in the 100-meter hurdles, including a second-place finish at regionals last week with a time of 15.37. Erin was right behind her in third, and took second in the 300 hurdles, which is her strongest event.
Emily will run in the 400 and 800 relays, while Erin will take part in the 1,600 relay.
After moving from Grapevine, Texas, last year, the sisters are excited for their first opportunity to run at state.
“It's nerve-wracking,” Erin said. “When I woke up (Thursday), it was the first thing I thought of — one more day 'til state. We're nervous, but it's a good nervous.”
While there isn't much crossover in their events, other than the 100 hurdles, you won't find much else that's different about the sisters.
“You'll find some twins that aren't that close, but it's like we're hip-to-hip,” Emily said. “We want to go to the same college. We take the same classes. We're really close.”
Now, they're ready for their chance to be state champions together. Santa Fe is one of three teams, along with Edmond Memorial and Jenks, that come into the meet as serious contenders for the 6A girls team title.
“If everyone brings their ‘A' game, and stays determined and focused, we believe we can win,” Erin said. “But no one can slack off. Everyone has to do their best for us to win.”