Jumping into Glory

Senior Robinson earns national praise

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Senior Jamie Robinson participates in the long jump at Illinois Top Events.

Langston McHenry, Editor-in-chief

While most of the world was watching Usain Bolt win his ninth gold medal, or the USA win their sixth consecutive women’s Olympic 4x400m gold medal, senior track and field star Jamie Robinson was making her own history.

“As for the things she has accomplished, none of it surprises me,” head girls track and field coach Zontauius Johnson said. “I have been watching her since ninth grade and every title and honor she has won, she has earned them all through the way she prepares and the way she works.”

Robinson won a silver medal in long jump and a gold medal in triple jump at the AAU/USATF National Championship, and is now ranked no. 2 in the country for triple jump.

“I am thankful and blessed to be ranked in the state,” Robinson said. “I feel that my hard work has payed off, but it’s just a number and I don’t think it defines me.”

Robinson competed in numerous other national events this summer such as the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational, New Balance Outdoor Nationals and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Even though Robinson has gained much success early in her career, she remains humble.

“I think Jamie is a great teammate and even though she is the number two ranked triple jumper in the country, she is truly just one of the girls,” Johnson said. “She loves to be with her teammates and she leads by example.”

For Robinson, her value of friendship began when she took a trip to the neighborhood park district as a child.

“I began track and field by being homeschooled and my mom putting me into a park district to be active since I was at home all day,” Robinson said. “I needed to do a physical activity, so I was introduced to track by being in that program.”

Through the park district, Robinson was able to learn the true meaning of being a teammate and now uses those tools to help her teammates.

“Jamie is like the mom of the team,” junior teammate Olivia Oliver said. “She kind of makes sure everyone is on point and she really cares for the team.”

After making it to State last season, Johnson plans for his team to make another run at the elusive State championship, and sees Robinson as a major contributor.

“ Our goals [for Jamie] this year are to win indoor and outdoor State titles in triple jump and to push her long jump into the 20 feet range,” Johnson said. “We also want to take over the number one spot in the country in triple jump. Jamie will be a big part of our team goals of winning the 3A girls State team title come May.”