AUSTIN — By the time they finished they had already clinched the team title and the Leonard Tigerettes closed things out with one more gold medal in one final relay.

It was the same as it ever was for a group that burst onto the state-wide stage four years ago, led by two twins that made it seem like the same girl kept winning all these medals, and the seniors left the way they arrived.

As state champions.

“That was our goal coming here and that’s how we wanted to go out,” senior Jessi Bennett said. “It’s really amazing to know when we come back and see our names up there and know the impact we’ve made.”

Another outstanding performance saw the Tigerettes dominate on the way to the Class 3A track championship on Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Natalie and Kelcie Simmons combined for three golds and a silver and were a part of two gold-winning relays as Leonard racked up 89 points to easily outdistance second-place East Bernard, which had 61 points, for a state championship to go with the one from 2015.

“They wanted people outside of North Texas to know who Leonard is. You talk about leaving a legacy,” Leonard head coach Rae Holden said. “It’s an awesome feeling — a bunch of kids who grew up in town together and do it for each other.”

Hampton Prep, which beat Leonard for the 3A crown last year by six points, was third with 36 points.

The coronation ended with Leonard claiming the 1,600 relay, a race it won for the third time in four years. While it wasn’t the blistering 3:51.05 that set the 3A record last spring, the quartet of Bennett, Remi Long and the Simmons twins clocked a 3:54.97 that was still nearly four seconds better than East Bernard at 3:57.43.

“It’s just about representing Leonard and showing what a coach can do to push athletes and do the best we can,” Long said. “It’s a team thing. They push you when you don’t think you can finish.”

The Tigerettes opened the running portion of the meet by winning the 400 relay.

“As a whole, we’ve gotten faster,” Kelcie Simmons said. “We’re so used to each other and it works together well.”

Bridget Watson, Claudia Ware and both Simmons had a time of 47.61 seconds to finish in front of Sunnyvale (48.25 seconds) and Hampton Prep (48.74 seconds) despite a bobbled handoff between Ware and Natalie Simmons on the final exchange.

“We got the job done, that is always the most important thing,” Ware said.

The Simmons sisters head to Duke having won 25 combined medals — 21 of them gold — and their point total in their four individual events (48) would have been enough to earn second by themselves. They have accomplished an amazing amount during this stretch, almost beyond what they thought was possible.

“We were just two little 14-year-old girls. We didn’t believe in ourselves because we didn’t know what we could do,” Natalie said. “We’re very thankful. Things have fallen into place.”

Natalie Simmons’ victory in the 200 meter dash clinched the team title with two events remaining. She won in 24 seconds flat ahead of Littlefield’s D’Anna Smith at 24.46 seconds and Kierra Yarbrough of Arp at 24.83 seconds.

It was her first individual gold medal in a running event.

“I wanted one for myself,” she said. “It’s not like I had anything to prove but it’s nice to be able to show you can do something like that and not just be a part of a relay, which is always important for the team.”

That gave Leonard 69 points and East Bernard was in second with 37 and made it mathematically impossible for the Tigerettes to be caught.

Kelcie Simmons earned her first individual gold medal in a running event after she blew away the field in the 100 meter dashing, winning with a time of 11.46 seconds.

“I felt super good. That’s my fastest time ever,” she said. “In my brain it was ‘Relax and go. Relax and go.”

She improved on her silver medal from last year, when she was the runner-up at 11.53 seconds. It was the first time she had competed as in individual on the track, limited to just relays her first two years.

“I’ve never really run individual races. It was always part of the relay to help the team the best I could,” she said. “It is nice to get my own title.”

It would have a Class 3A record, breaking the mark of 11.62 seconds set by Hamlin’s Tiffany Green in 2000, but it was wind-aided.

Arp’s Kierra Yarbrough was the runner-up in 11.74 and Littlefield’s D’Anna Smith took bronze in 11.86 seconds.

Natalie Simmons defended her state title in the triple jump earlier in the afternoon. She took gold at 38 feet, one and a half inches, just ahead of San Antonio Cole’s T’Nia Sample at 37 feet, 10 and a half inches and Presdio’s Daniela Valenzuela at 37 feet, nine and three quarter inches.

“I don’t think a lot of girls knew I was the defending champ until they announced it,” Simmons said. “Then you saw all their heads turn. I was expecting a high-to-mid 38 to have to win it.”

They were the only ones to clear 37 feet but everyone was chasing Simmons after her best distance was on her second attempt. She also had the second-best leap at 37 feet, 11 inches. She ends her career with six medals in the field events — two state titles apiece in the triple jump and long jump and a runner-up finish in each.

“Once I knew they were chasing me, it makes you feel better,” she said. “Always do your best. I’m upset I scratched on my best jump. That would have been a PR.”

The Simmons sisters started the day off right with a 1-2 finish in the long jump. Natalie won the gold medal with a leap of 18 feet, eight inches. Kelcie was the runner-up at 18 feet and three quarters of an inch.

“It was our dream to be on the podium together in an individual event,” Natalie said.

It is the second time Natalie has won the state title in the event — she earned gold as a freshman and was the runner-up last spring. Kelcie was also the runner-up as a sophomore.

“I didn’t make it last year so I was just happy to be here this time,” Kelcie said. “It sets the tone for sure.”

They were the only two to clear 18 feet — Palacios’ Elizabeth Ortiz claimed bronze at 17 feet, eight and three quarters of an inch – and Natalie went past the mark three times.

Her winning jump came on her second attempt while Kelcie moved up to second for good on her third leap.

Goliad’s Amaya Brown came in with the top qualifying attempt at 18 feet, seven and a half inches but finished fourth, only getting to 17 feet, seven inches.

“We kinds thought it could be anybody,” Kelcie said. “We could tell people weren’t jumping well. I didn’t have a really good start either.”

Bennett placed sixth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:18.37. Competing in the event for the third time, she was in the top pack after the first lap but was boxed in during the final lap. Edinburg IDEA Quest’s Valery Tobias won the gold in 2:15.28.