It's déjà vu all over again in All-Bi-City track.
Two individuals from the Shaw girls team and two individuals from the Central boys team have earned top honors for the second year in a row.
The coaches are the same: Shaw's Edgar Johnson and Central's Charles Fortune both led their teams to fourth-place finishes at their respective state meets.
Shaw junior Breeanna Mahone also took home the girls athlete of the year award for the second straight year. All she did was finish second at state in the 400 and 4x400 relay, third in the 4x100 relay and long jump, and fourth in the 200.
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Central sophomore Karon Delince is a newcomer in track, though he was a first-team selection for football as a cornerback in the fall. To win the boys athlete of the year, he was the Alabama Class 7A state champion in the 200, state runner-up in the 100, sixth in the long jump and second in the sectional for the 4x100.
Mahone has been established in the area for a couple years already. This year she nearly won two state medals. The fact she didn't was a point of discontent for the determined star.
"All the things I messed up on at state, I'll try to fix that for next year," she said when asked about her season, avoiding the fact that she was the most decorated girls athlete in the area.
"She's a special young lady," Johnson said. "She's willing to be coached and she's willing to work as hard as necessary to get to where she wants to get to."
Second place, though better than anyone else, wasn't what she wanted. And that's why her focus will be on taking
it to the next level next season.
Delince was able to capture a state title. Only a sophomore, he already grabbed the top prize in the 200 and came close in the 100.
"A lot of coaches were surprised when they found out I was a sophomore," Delince said.
Fortune said he thought Delince, when it's all said and done, could be one of the best all-around athletes to come through Central.
"He's a hard worker. He's going to practice," Fortune said.
"I don't know that he realizes the potential he has and where he can go."
In football, he already has offers to play at Mississippi State and Kentucky.
For Johnson and Fortune, both are two of the most entrenched coaches of any sport in the region. Success has come often for the two coaches, and this year was no exception.
Johnson attributed the success to the young athletes' willingness to be coached throughout the year.
"If you're not willing to work hard, (you) can't be successful," he said. "And our older ladies displayed leadership to help the younger kids acclimate to the program, as well."
Fortune echoed that statement, noting that any age can be successful.
"It's not a big thing what grade you're in," he said. "We try to get the kids to understand as long as you're willing to work and put in the time and effort and be coachable, then you'll achieve the goals you set for yourself."