Zamzow family shares competition together at Goliad
April 11, 2012 at 11 p.m.
Updated April 10, 2012 at 11:11 p.m.
GOLIAD - Avery and Ashtin Zamzow got into an argument at church on Sunday.
The disagreement centered on which sister runs faster.
The answer depends on the event, but it would be safe to say either Zamzow could hold her own.
"They started summer track back when they were 4, 5, 6 years old," Stacy Zamzow said. "They have kind of followed us around ever since then."
Stacy Zamzow sees the oldest of his six children nearly every day after school while coaching the girls track and field team at Goliad.
The sisters are each participating in five events at the District 30-3A meet, which began on Wednesday and concludes Thursday at Tiger Stadium.
Avery, a junior, is competing in the high jump, long jump, 200-meter dash and 400 and 800 relays.
Ashtin, a sophomore, is competing in the high jump, long jump, 100 and 300 hurdles and the 1,600 relay.
A full schedule of events is nothing new for the sisters, who were born into a track and field family.
Stacy won the 400 at the state meet as a junior and finished second as a senior at Three Rivers before going on to become a three-time All-American at Texas A&M.
Kalleen Madden Zamzow was a member of Yoakum's state championship track and field team as a junior and held the school record in the heptathlon at Texas A&M until last season.
"One thing we've always told them is make sure you love what you do and it's nothing that we forced upon them because we had our careers and our lives," Stacy said. "This is their lives and it's something they've really had a lot of success in doing."
The sisters have their similarities and their differences.
Avery, 17, is taller and more angular. She plays volleyball and basketball and is hoping to land a volleyball scholarship.
"I get excited," Avery said of her favorite sport. "The feeling is a whole lot different. I have a passion for it."
Ashtin, 15, also plays volleyball, but is devoted to track and field.
"I just love the feeling of going out and running," Ashtin said. "Competing with people is a challenge to me because it makes me do better."
Avery and Ashtin are competitive, but they are also each other's biggest supporters.
"We always push each other," Ashtin said. "We always say how fast we are and are competing against each other. It's always fun."
"It's a lot of fun running with her," Avery said. "I know I have to set a big example for a lot of reasons."
The sisters have different demeanors at meets. Ashtin is quiet during her events, while Avery is more outgoing.
"I like to stay focused in my own mind," Ashtin said. "Talking to other people gets me distracted."
"I do like talking to everyone," Avery said. "Talking is how I get focused."
The sisters' approach comes as no surprise to their mother.
"Ashtin is serious and focused," Kalleen said. "She's very nervous because it's very meaningful to her. Avery is more talkative and does it more because her dad is the coach. It's very much a personality thing. Ashtin has a lot of my personality. Avery, it's harder for her."
Ashtin bettered one of her mother's marks this season when she cleared 5 feet 5 inches in the high jump to break the Palacios meet record held by Kalleen.
"I had to hold back tears," Kalleen said. "I was kind of hoping she would be the one to break my heptathlon record and that isn't possible anymore so when she did that, it was really special."
Avery qualified for the state meet as a freshman and sophomore as part of the 800 relay team.
"I like the sprints and the relays," Avery said. "My best event is probably the 200 and the 4 by 100 and 4 by 200 relays. Some days the workouts are easier, but I have to work for it."
Ashtin is seeking her first appearance at the state meet and doesn't care how she gets there.
"I want that feeling of getting that medal," Ashtin said. "But being with my team and getting the baton and running with it is the best feeling."
Stacy enjoys coaching his daughters and would love to see them experience the feeling of winning a medal at the state meet.
"I always loved it especially in a sport that I have knowledge of technique and those sort of things," he said. "They both love to win and they love working hard. The best thing about it is they're both so unselfish and they always put the team first."
Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on this column at www.VictoriaAdvocate.com.