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By Katie Galyean

People may have thought they were seeing double on Saturday, May 21, as East Bladen High School juniors and twins Ethan and Eian Hines competed at the state level track and field meet in the long jump event. The event was held in Greensboro.

Beating out about 15 other schools, the twins took third and fourth respectively.

The twins went to state last year as well where Eian placed 12th and Ethan 13th. When asked how it felt to get to this point, Eian said, “It feels good. It’s a great accomplishment.”

This is the boys’ first time placing at the state level, but they have received multiple other awards in many sports, including all-conference in football.

Both boys agreed that their goal for next year is to work as hard as they can and place higher than they did this year.

Both twins hope to be able to run track in college and have already had multiple scouts get in touch with them.

Wilson Bolden, assistant coach for track and field, said, “These two bring something to the team that we were definitely looking for.”

Cedric Mathis, head coach for the team, said the boys were certainly athletes to be reckoned with, but also had qualities off of the track.

“They have some qualities that are missing from most kids today. I’ve never heard either one of them use profanity [or] backtalk. I think a lot of it really has to do with their upbringing and parents. I really commend all of them, “ said Mathis.

Mathis was also excited to be able to say, “this year one of the goals was to establish something for track and field that would be permanent for this school. That was established this year… We’ve started something.”

Both coaches chimed in on how much they would miss the boys after next year. “I’m going to hate to see them go, but I definitely want to keep track of what they are doing afterwards because it’s definitely going to be something,” said Mathis.

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