Richardson shot out of the blocks as ferocious as always and came out of her drive phase with a very comfortable lead. As she executed her last two phases, you could tell clock watching was going to be the thing to do.
As Richardson ran through the line an ooohhh went through the crowd as 11.12 (+3.6) popped up on the screen. Richardson immediately kneeled to the track for a prayer and rose back up to nice ovation from the crowd as she successfully defended her 100m title in grand fashion.
Richardson's 11.12 is the #1 All-Time Texas girls all conditions time ever as she replaced some of the most prominent and well knows sprint starts to ever run on Texas soil at the top of the list.
She later returned in the 200m and ran another impressive race. Richardson swung off the curve with a flawless running form and such efficiency that she pulled further and further away from the impressive 4A field. She would cross the line in a 23.02 (+3.6) to send the crowd into another entertaining response.
If this all sounds familiar, that is probably because you heard this story before.
It was just last year that she did the exact same thing. Richardson won both the 100m and the 200m at the 2017 state meet with some impressive marks, but this year as a senior, she amped things up even more leaving a legacy and such a lasting impression on every fan in the stands.
Barnes also executed a pretty flawless race. He tore up the same 100m home straightaway that he won his 2017 title. He also produced a crowd pleaser with his 10.04 (+3.2) just ahead of Stafford'sRyan Martin.
Barnes came in as already being the the 4A state record holder with his 10.22 mark from 2017, but he ascended up the Texas boys All-Time list with the 10.04 mark, which makes him #2 in Texas.
Barnes used his long and powerful stride to etch his name among some of the best to ever do it from the state of Texas. He is now up there with names like Cameron Burrell, Prezel Hardy, Ivory Williams, Derrick Florence, and the outstanding Henry Neal.
As with Richardson, he reminded everyone of his 2017 form and performance. That's right you've seen this story too. He also did this before as this year he showed that things weren't a fluke and he had the ability and consistency to do it all again.
Barnes hit the track for a second time for the 200m earning himself another state championship. He ran the half lap in a 20.55 (+2.8) personal record. If it hadn't been proven already, that time exhibits that Barnes is the type of all time sprinter we will remember.
Barnes collected a basketball state championship with his Silsbee squad in 2017 and then the two track titles and the did it all again this season.
As for the seeing things that you've seen before, both Richardson and Barnes cemented themselves in Texas track and field history and in the minds of track and field fans in such a way that we might not see again for years.
Yesterday was quite the double dose of deja vu in 4A.