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San Augustine sisters heading to AAU Junior Olympics to continue family's legacy

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In San Augustine when you talk about track, you have to mention the Barnes family.

Head Track Coach Tory Barnes holds the school's record for the triple jump and for the 400 meter race. His wife Jacqueline was part of the 199 state championships team and holds the school record of 39 feet for the girl's triple jump.

Her record may only be the record for a few more years. JaToryia Barnes is just 13 years old and is already jumping 37 feet.

"We joke at home they she is not going to get to compete," Tory Barnes said. "But I tell her mom that that record will fall in a few years."

JaToryia is not the only Barnes child succeeding at track. Her 7 year-old sister Brookline is also an athlete. Both have proved good enough to earn spots at the 2018 AAU Junior Olympics in Iowa at the end of July. Brookline qualified in the 8 and under division with a jump of 10'2'' at the recent gulf Regional in Webster, TX. The jump was good enough to get her 6th place.

"I am not nervous," Brookline said. "It is fun and you get to beat people all the time."

JaToryia won gold medals in the long jump and triple jump at the same event. She won the triple jump with an impressive jump of 37ft 6 inches, which was only 7 inches off the national record.

It was a very exciting moment to know that I jumped that far and qualified," JaToryia said.

The two girls are learning all they can from their parents in hopes to continue the Barnes track legacy.

"I learned how to be humble," JaToryia said. "I learned how to always stay hungry and to always stay healthy."

The Barnes parents know they have left a legacy at the school but know it is about getting their daughter's to the next level and letting them have their own moment.

"When they perform as well as they do I am excited," Jacqueline said. "I know they are just reaching their potential at what they can do."

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