Asheville High assistant coach Rocky Cunningham sees Nate and Noah Tyson almost every afternoon for a workout or meet of some kind.
And even Cunningham got the twins confused Tuesday as he spoke in front of family and friends gathered to honor the Cougars’ latest batch of college track recruits.
The faux pas was a humorous moment on a serious day. The Tysons signed their national letters-of-intent to Campbell alongside fellow seniors David Perez (East Tennessee State) and Pia Mackie (Naval Academy Preparatory School).
“Today is a great culmination of a lot of hard work for these four,” Asheville boys coach Chris Stroup said.
“I’m proud of each of them. At the same time, it’s bittersweet because they will be moving on soon.”
Indeed, Saturday’s 3-A Western Regional regional meet at Reynolds will occur less than a week before the foursome’s final meet as Cougars – the NCHSAA 3-A meet on May 8 in Greensboro.
Cunningham and girls coach John-Paul Kimbrough also lauded the Tysons, Mackie and Perez during Tuesday’s signing. Cunningham called Mackie “Miss Asheville track” since she holds every indoor and outdoor sprinting record at the Mountain Athletic Conference school.
Mackie has logged the fastest 100-meter dash time in Western North Carolina this spring (12.20 seconds). Her other season-best performances rank third among all WNC sprinters in the 200-meter dash (25.80) and 400-meter dash (59.84).
The Naval Academy Preparatory School is in Newport, R.I.
Perez’s family announced his college commitment Monday.
Perez was named the MAC meet’s most valuable performer for track events on April 21 after winning the the 100-meter dash (11.19) and 400-meter dash (51.10). Perez’s season-best time in the 100 meters is 10.90, while his fastest 400-meter dash is 50.17.
Perez and the Asheville boys have won the MAC 3-A and Buncombe County team championships this spring. And in both competitions, the Cougars have gotten a big chunk of their points from the Tysons.
Noah is only 27 seconds older than Nate, who said the brothers committed to Campbell the same day as the MAC meet.
Noah has recorded the best long jump in WNC this spring (21-11.5) and the area’s second-best triple jump (45-6) and 200-meter dash (22.62). He was the 2014 NCHSAA 3-A indoor champion in the triple jump (46-3.25).
More recently, Noah was the MAC meet’s most valuable performer in field events. Nate is tied for the area’s second-best height in the high jump (6-2) and has WNC’s third-best long jump (20-11).
The Tysons joined together with Perez and Satorrius Uddyback to set a meet record in the 400-meter relay (42.50) at the Blue Ridge Classic on April 18 at Reynolds.