After eating healthy during the season, Fox Chapel Area juniors Ethan and Colin Martin satisfied their sweet tooth Saturday evening.
"We got to have nice dessert, which we hadn't been able to eat for weeks," Colin Martin said. "Some cake and pudding. It was good."
And well deserved after the weekend the twin brothers had.
Ethan Martin set a personal record in the 3,200 meters, running the race in 9:10.74 Saturday in Shippensburg to become the first Foxes track-and-field athlete to win a PIAA Class AAA gold medal since 1985.
Meanwhile, Colin Martin crossed the finish line less than six seconds behind his twin brother to place fourth.
"It was amazing," Ethan Martin said. "After we finished one-two in the 1,600 and first and third in the 3,200 at WPIALs, we were hoping to do something big at states. I'm just so happy. I'm just so happy for him."
It was a big climb for both runners from last season.
Colin Martin could only sit and watch in 2012 as Ethan Martin took seventh place at the state meet with a time of 9:24.35.
The siblings used the experience as motivation.
"This means everything," Colin Martin said. "Last year I was sitting there watching him finish seventh, and it was great watching him compete, but heartbreaking at the same time.
"Now it's come full circle. All the training we've done since last July paid off. [Ethan's] the best training partner I could ask for."
It was the improvement each runner made in his final kick that made the difference Saturday.
Ethan Martin said he has been training hard in recent weeks on his closing speed. He said in the past, he would just be fighting to hold on for the last 400 meters of races.
But on Saturday, Martin overtook Council Rock North's Ross Wilson in the last lap and held off the rest of the field for the gold.
"Usually I'm just hanging on," Ethan said. "But I've really worked on my speed and just my kick. It's still not my strong suit, but I think it's definitely been the biggest improvement in my running."
Colin, meanwhile, stayed close to the front pack for much of the race and finished strong by passing Cardinal O'Hara's Kevin James down the stretch to get into the top four.
Both runners eclipsed the times they ran in the WPIAL championships on May 17. Ethan won the event at the district meet with a time of 9:17.20, while Colin finished third with a time of 9:19.91.
Ethan thinks that he can run even faster.
"I was happy with the 9:10 -- it was a personal best," Ethan said. "But I want to go faster. It was windy and I think if there's no wind, under nine minutes could have been possible."
It's a goal to shoot for during his senior season. But for now, he and his brother can continue to indulge on their sweet treats.