They had never run track before, but on Thursday afternoon, the Jacobsen twins of Coral Shores High School ran like the wind in the season-opening meet at Key West's Back Yard.
George Jacobsen won the 100-meter dash in 11.56 seconds, edging the Conchs' Jeffery Anilus, and Henry Jacobsen won the 200-meter dash in 23.74.
"Track kind of corresponds with football," George said. "And we just wanted to help the team out."
The juniors, who have husky, all-American looks, were stars on the Hurricane football team last fall. Their instant track success didn't surprise Coral Shores coach Mary Jo Fry, who also has them in her classroom. "They're wonderful," she said.
But despite the efforts of the twins, Coral Shores overall was no match for the Conchs. The Key West boys won, 97-22, and the Conch girls won, 93-34.
Among the Key West winners was Francesca Garcia, the school's homecoming queen, who won the 100-meter high hurdles in 18.06. "Hurdles are more entertaining than just running," she said. "You have to keep your eye on the next hurdle, but still focus on the one you're running up to."
Key West pole vaulter Erik Vinson -- known recently as the student inside the school's Conchy Conch mascot uniform -- tried unsuccessfully for a personal-best 13 feet 6 inches, but had to settle on a windy day for 13, which was good for first place.
Other Conch boys who took first place included Anilus (long jump), Jack Gruba (discus and shot put), Jerry Burgess (mile run), Everett Wagner (two mile), Brock Guzman (800) and football quarterback Andrew Freeman (300 hurdles).
Winning for the Conch girls were Caila DeAbreu (high jump), Marlecia Rice (discus and shot put), Breanna Johnson (100), Olivia Kennedy (300 hurdles) and Tristin Milliken (mile).
For the Coral Shores girls, Chloe Stokes won the two-mile run and Kyla Herlth won the long jump (13 feet, 7 inches).
The meet closed under the lights with the 4x400 relay, won by the Hurricane boys and the Conch girls.