SE | Twinning: Lawrence Twins Pick Up Big 12 Titles

Twin sisters Shadae and Shardia Lawrence have made quite a splash during their first year with the Wildcat track and field team.

The freshman duo from St. Catherine, Jamaica, recently turned heads at the 2016 Big 12 Outdoor Championships where they both took home Big 12 titles in their respective events.

Shadae got the Wildcats off to a fast start on the Big 12 Championship’s final day as she won the women’s discus throw with a personal best launch of 58.84m/193-00.  

Just hours later, Shardia won the women’s triple jump using a personal best leap of 13.19m/43-03.25 to win the title.

“Oh my gosh, it was the first time both of us won titles like that!” said Shadae thinking back to last weekend’s championship competition. “I competed first in the morning, and after I won, she said, ‘Oh my gosh! Now I have to do well also.’ So I think it was a driving force.”

Shadae’s discus throw mark is good for the eighth-best throw in the country this year and was the Wildcats’ first discus throw title since 1999 when Renetta Seiler won the event with a throw of 52.32m/171-08. For her efforts, she was named the Big 12 Outstanding Freshman of the Year by the conference on Thursday.

“I’ve seen a lot from Shadae this year,” said Greg Watson, K-State throws coach. “The thing about her is she is a very relatively new discus thrower. She’s relatively undertrained and underdeveloped as well. We had a feeling that she would become pretty successful, but I think the numbers that she’s producing have far exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

During this outdoor season, Shadae has never lost in the discus throw competition. She placed first at the Rock Chalk Classic, the UCLA Legends Invitational, the LSU Battle on the Bayou and the John McDonnell Invitational as she is among the NCAA’s top competitors this season.

“My next goal is to get to Regionals and then get to Nationals,” said Shadae. “Then, at Nationals, I’d like to break the school record at K-State, then we have Jamaican Nationals in Puerto Rico, and I’d like to make that team.”

Like her twin sister, Shardia is also undefeated this season. Her Big 12 title capped a stellar outdoor campaign where she placed first in the triple jump at the Rock Chalk Classic, the LSU Battle on the Bayou and the John McDonnell Invitational.

“I’m really elated,” said Sharida about her conference title. “I PR’d and won – that’s exciting. Everybody believed in me that I could do this, and I really wanted to accomplish this goal for my coach and my K-State family. I’m truly excited about my performance.”

Moving forward, Shardia said her goals are similar to the goals of her sister’s.

“My goals are to be among the eight competitors at Nationals and make the All-American team,” explained Shardia. “I want to represent K-State and my country well, that’s my goal right now until next season.”
 
The undefeated twins and K-State’s track and field team are currently preparing for the NCAA West Preliminary, which will be held at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas, May 26-28. More information on the meet can be found at the event’s home page by clicking here.