Norris twins provide double dose of speed

highly ranked seniors lead Scott County

mmaloney@herald-leader.comMay 3, 2011 

Dominique, left, and Donovan Norris can leave some track fans and opponents seeing double. The identical twins run for Scott County, and they plan to attend college together. "We're a lot closer than a lot of siblings are," Donovan said.

MARK MALONEY | STAFF

When the Scott County High School track and field team is in action, observers often do a double-take when the name "Norris" is called.

For good reason.

Dominique and Donovan Norris are identical twins.

The 19-year-old seniors look alike, talk alike and excel alike.

For those uninitiated with the twins, it can appear one athlete seems to be everywhere on the track — even running the leadoff (Dominique) and anchor (Donovan) legs on the 4-by-400 relay.

Aside from the relay, Dominique specializes in the hurdles. He is ranked No. 1 in Kentucky's Class 3A with a season-best time of 15.04 seconds in the 110-meter highs. The 41.07 he clocked in the 300 intermediates at Saturday's Dunbar Bulldog/Bearcat Invitational ranks second in 3A. He won both hurdles races Saturday.

Donovan also runs on the Cardinals' 4-by-100 relay, which won Saturday in 44.73. He is unranked in the 400, in which he placed 15th in the 3A State Meet as a sophomore, and the 800, in which he took seventh place last year.

"This year I've been running (the 800) kind of sketchy. I've had some problems lately," said Donovan, who placed fifth Saturday. "But I'm good. I'm ready for regionals. I'm ready to rock."

More than fast times, though, the brothers share good times. Parents Gene and Barbara are with them every step.

"We're a family that never quits anything," Donovan said. "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.

"And our dad is very, very active with us, helps us in our track workouts. Our mom is great with the cooking, keeping us eating healthy and stuff like that, and always tries to come to all our meets as much as possible."

Dominique, 11th in the 3A state high hurdles last year and 10th as a sophomore, has a shot to go out a champion.

"I'm hoping to finally break 14.9. That's the fastest I've ran," he said. "I'm hopefully going to break 14 during state, so I've got to keep trucking."

In the 300, "I really need to break 40 because my fastest time is 40.5 ... so I've got to work really hard so I can get that during State."

The twins plan to go to college together. Their top picks are Georgetown, Eastern Kentucky and Kentucky.

It helps that both are good students. Dominique took part in the Governor's Scholar Program last summer, which he called "a really good experience, and helped me get some scholarships."

While they are competitors, they don't compete so much against each other.

"In the 400, a little bit, because he's always been a little faster than me. But I'm hoping to crush him this year," Dominique said, followed with a laugh. "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."

That includes Scott County, as well as Team Norris.

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