Track can be very a lonely sport. All motivational tactics have to ultimately from within.
That’s exactly what former Carroll standout Sarah Robinson loves about it. There is no better feeling than trying to summon the energy, excitement and will to compete at the highest level.
For Robinson, that drive led her from New Jersey to Texas, where she competed at the highest high school level. Now, she will continue to do that in college. Robinson signed with Oklahoma State this past spring and will compete in the 400 hurdles.
“One of the best things about track is that you get out of it what you put into it,” Robinson said. “The 400 is one of the hardest events in track. But I’m the kind of person who likes to grind. It’s not one of those things where you have it come easy. I just look at it as one of those challenges you have to conquer. Every day is a new test.”
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This past weekend, Robinson competed in the 400 at the Junior Olympics in the greater Houston area. In an event that was scheduled to feature 50 of the nation’s best – not all of the competitors made it – Robinson finished 11th. She advanced to Houston through qualifying rounds in Round Rock and San Marcos. Her personal best time is 62.2 seconds.
Robinson leaves Carroll with her name spread through the record book. She holds the school record for the 100 (14.7) and the 300 (43.55). Robinson also leaves as a district champion, although there was disappointment because she didn’t compete at the Class 5A state track meet in Austin in May. Robinson competed at the state meet in 2013.
Robinson’s attraction to the hurdles just happened. There really wasn’t any kind of seminal moment. She tried several events and by the time she moved on to hurdles, everything about seemed to take.
“I fell in love with the technique,” she said. “I thought I was pretty good at it. But hurdles are more about working through it and not pure speed. Every time I did them, I found them rewarding. It just kind of fit.”
The relationship with the Oklahoma State coaching staff grew. She went on official visits to TCU, Nebraska and Texas (a school she believed would overwhelm her) and then Oklahoma State.
Admittedly, Oklahoma State wasn’t her dream school, but she said she really fell in love with it the more she got to know the environment. Now, she’ll be in Stillwater on Aug. 12 and wants to pursue a career in speech pathology.
“It could not have worked out any better,” Robinson said. “I wanted to be in the Big 12 and compete at the highest level.
“It’s a bit surreal. The situation at OSU is unique. They have a great cross country and track program. I want to put my stamp and set a standard in hurdles and raise the level of this event. I really believe in this school and what I can bring. But I also know it comes with a big responsibility. I’m ready for it.”