Already confounding to tell apart as identical twins with shared speech and thought patterns, Calvary Christian pole vault stars Emily Gale and Amanda Gale will keep the guessing game going by playfully answering to each other’s first names.
“I never got them right last season and finally their mother said there is a secret,” Calvary Christian coach Scott Sherrod said. “Because they are mirror twins, they part their hair on different sides. If the part is on the right, your left, looking straight ahead, its Emily. Now I never get it wrong.”
While not quite on the same perplexing level as trying to tell the twins apart, it’s anybody’s guess whether Emily, the reigning Class 1A state champion, or Amanda, the state runner-up, should be favored for the state title this time around.
Emily Gale’s second state title last April propelled the Eagles to its first state crown but Amanda served notice this could be her year after beating Emily in two jump-offs this season, including for the District 15-1A title on April 11.
No matter how Amanda, ranked No. 2 in Florida (12-0) or Emily (11-0, No. 6) fare at the Region 4-1A championships on Friday at Westminster Academy, competition will never threaten a loving and unique bond the twins share.
“In some ways it’s hard because Amanda is my sister and I want her to win it,” Emily Gale said. “It almost makes me less competitive and I wish it made me more competitive. If I am going to win it, I would rather beat somebody else than Amanda. Our goal is be first and second.”
The twins, who call themselves “best friends who could talk to each other all day about the same thing and not get tired of it ” are inseparable, and will stay that way for the foreseeable future after signing a letter of intent to vault for Louisiana at Lafayette on Wednesday. To nobody’s surprise, they both plan to major in Biology.
The Gales exhibit a rare synergy that shows in their mannerisms, including how they walk stride for stride, to their common likes in friends, music and movies.
“We’re very close,” Amanda Gale said. I’ll start a sentence and Emily will know where I am going with it and just continue the conversation. It’s really helpful to always have your best friend at your side. If I get second and she gets first to us it’s like a win between both of us. It’s like we both won the meet.”
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All-American sprinter Kali Davis-White breezed to victories in the 100 (11.90), 200 (24.69) and anchored the winning 400-meter relay and Daeshon Gordon swept the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles in emphatic fashion as reigning Class 4A state champion Boyd Anderson cruised to the District 11-4A title at South Plantation on Thursday.
“Everybody has really been doubting us after we finished second to St. Thomas at the county championships,” Davis-Whtie said. “But that was the middle of the season and it’s a long season. Just because some of us wasn’t on our ‘A” game at counties doesn’t mean we won’t be there for states.”
Boyd Anderson helped its cause in the 800 where Sapphire Daniel, Symone Lindsay and Destiny Byrd went 1-2-3. Meanwhile, Camora Sanders swept the shot put and discus titles.