Simmons twins look to strike gold in 6A state meet


Kryan and Tyran Simmons are twin brothers who have been running track since junior high when Tyran started in seventh grade and Kyran started in eighth.

The Simmons brothers, juniors at Pine Bluff High School, are now looking to make a major impact in the upcoming 6A-State track meet in Russellville on Thursday.

“My goal for the state track meet is to run at least a 48 (in the 400-meter dash),” Kyran Simmons said. “I want to finish first and be state champs. I also want my brother to finish second right behind me.”

Tyran Simmons’s goal is kind of like his brothers, but he said it in simpler words.

“My goal is to win it all and get a ring,” he said.

Kyran Simmons currently holds the fastest boys’ 200-meter dash with a time of 21.98 seconds and the second fastest 400 time (49.47) in the state of Arkansas. He said he will try his best to beat his 400 time and was humble when asked how it felt to be a record-holder.

“It feels good,” he said. “Knowing that you have the fastest time in the state and you’re putting on for your city and representing your city in a good way, (it feels good).”

The Simmons brothers still have a year left before they graduate, but both have already been thinking about their futures and what they would like to do, as they both have very similar goals in life.

“I want to go to college in Florida and I want to be in the Olympics one day,” Kyran Simmons said.

“I want to go to the same college as my brother and go to the Olympics, too,” Tyran Simmons said.

Head coach of the boy’s track team Laydell Jordan said both of the Simmons brothers have done very well this year and it’s been a blessing coaching them.

“I think they have done a wonderful job,” he said. “Both of the Simmons boys are the leaders in practice and I think they are going to out there and do what they need to do.”

Just like with many brothers, there is some friendly competition between the two. Jordan said they have a little joke about Kyran Simmons, who is three minutes older than Tyran Simmons, when it comes to the two competing.

“Kyran is three minutes older and three seconds ahead on time,” Jordan said with a laugh.

Jordan went on to comment about each brother and how well they have done this year.

“Kyran has taken up where he left off last year and he is a hard worker,” he said. “I get what I want to get out of him at practice. I think well of him and I think he is going to do a wonderful job Thursday and he is one we can depend on.

“Tyran is the same thing. He’s going to get out here and give it his all. His brother is somewhat the leader, but he follows well. I think he is going to get out here and surprise some folks.”

Pine Bluff freshman Rebekah Hamilton is another track athlete who has done very well this year for the Fillies. Hamilton recently won the 100 and 200 in the 6A-South District meet that took place last week.

Pine Bluff women’s track and field coach Trena Rusley said she has been thankful to be able to coach Hamilton this year and said she knew that Hamilton was humbled to win the events.

“That was a big accomplishment for her to win those events as a freshman,” Rusley said.

Hamilton will not be able to join her teammates at the state track meet due to a disciplinary reason, but Rusley said Hamilton will be ready to go next year and compete in state.

“I know she would have given it her all,” Rusley said. “It would have been an honor for her to compete, but we are going to be ready to do our best and be ready to perform.”

While Pine Bluff has some tough competition this week, Jordan said he is looking forward to seeing how the Simmons brothers will compete among the best around the state, weather permitting.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “If we can get a sunny day, I’m looking forward to seeing what they are going to do. I’m thinking well of them.”