DENTON - To have a Midlothian Panthers pole vaulter qualify for a regional meet for a decade is impressive in itself but to have twins accomplish it in the same year, and exceed those expectations by qualifying for state is a first.
Juniors Eric Frawley and Vince Frawley can lay claim to making Midlothian history when they placed first and second respectively in the boys category Friday afternoon in the Region II-4A Track and Field Championships at Fouts Field on the campus of the University of North Texas.
It even gave announcer Bill Melton an opportunity to take a shot at the Frawleys when they received their medals, saying, “It’s going to be a good time in the Frawley household tonight.”
The twins laughed, pointing toward the press box.
This will mark the first time that the twins have advanced to a state meet in their two-year history with the program.
Eric cleared 15-0 feet and Vince 14-6 feet.
“I’m excited about it. It’s a dream come true,” Eric said, following an awards ceremony in the middle of the stadium field.
“I’ve been working my butt off to get here,” said Eric, who came back from shoulder surgery in December 2007.
Eric preferred not to say too much to others about what it took to work himself back to health.
“I used my backyard to work on getting back to (vaulting); nobody knew I was doing anything,” Eric said.
The only one who knew, obviously, was brother Vince.
And to have his sibling qualify to make the trip to the University of Texas’ Mike Myers Stadium is quite special.
“I have never heard of any teams taking (top-ranked) brothers to state so this is very awesome,” Eric said.
Vince admitted, if he was going to lose to anyone, “I was glad it was my brother who beat me.”
The twins take their sibling rivalry to new levels, literally. While Vince was happy that Eric won, it hasn’t always been that way.
“We’ve been going at each other in this sport since we were in seventh grade,” Vince said.
What makes this achievement that much more special is that the two have taken turns coming back from injuries their first two years in high school.
If they went on to compete in district or regional, it was with marks less than 14 feet, falling short of state qualification.
Now that they have qualified for state, the twins are looking to match or break the mark set by their brother, Nick, in 2006, when he competed for Midlothian.
Ironically, Nick, was at a Drake University Meet the same afternoon, competing in track and field as a member of the Air Force Academy.
“I sent a text to him so he would know what we did but he hasn’t returned my text; I don’t think he knows,” Eric said, almost two hours after they had accomplished their feat.
That year when Nick was a senior and his twin brothers were freshmen, he was the state leader with a 17-2 mark, set at Jesuit-Sheaner Relays a month before district. He cleared 16-0 to win district and beat out Vince (13-6), who came in second and Eric (13-0), who came in third.
No other competitor achieved what the Frawleys did in regard to breaking the 14-feet mark.
Third place went to Tristin Crayton, of Hallsville, who reached a mark of 13-6.
The only other local participant was Waxahachie’s Kelby Rash, who had a 12-0 mark.
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