06/06/15 9:04pm
06/06/2015 9:04 PM
Riverhead junior Marcus Reid runs the third leg of the 4 x 100 relay Friday. The Blue Waves finished second Saturday but still earned a spot at the state meet. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead junior Marcus Reid runs the third leg of the 4 x 100 relay Friday. The Blue Waves finished second Saturday but still earned a spot at the state meet. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SECTION XI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jacob Robinson leaned on one knee, his head tilted slightly, his hands held together in prayer. A few feet in front of him, on the grass at Port Jefferson High School, stood the scoreboard that was about to flash the fate of Robinson of his three teammates.

He waited, staring, the seconds feeling like minutes.  (more…)

04/17/15 6:48pm
04/17/2015 6:48 PM
Riverhead sprinter Jacob Robinson, seated next to family friend Patrick Harris, signed to accept a scholarship from Merrimack College (Mass.). Standing, from left, are Riverhead assistant coach Will Razzano and the school's indoor and outdoor coaches, Sal Loverde and Steve Gevinski. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Riverhead sprinter Jacob Robinson, seated next to family friend Patrick Harris, signed to accept a scholarship from Merrimack College (Mass.). Standing, from left, are Riverhead assistant coach Will Razzano and the school’s indoor and outdoor coaches, Sal Loverde and Steve Gevinski. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Not long after he had joined the Riverhead High School boys track and field team four years ago and discovered he had a talent for running fast, Jacob Robinson got into the habit after a race of asking the school’s winter coach, Sal Loverde, if he had run fast.

Loverde recalled, “He would just give me the look, you know, the Jacob look, and I would say: ‘No, you’re not fast yet. I’ll tell you when you’re fast.’ ”

And so it went over recent years. Then, one day this past winter, Robinson ran the 300 meters in a school record time of 35.52 seconds at The Armory in New York City. He gave Loverde that familiar look, as if to say, “So, what do you think?”

Loverde couldn’t deny what he had seen and had to concede, “Alright, maybe you’re fast now.” (more…)

04/11/15 8:06pm
04/11/2015 8:06 PM
Jacob Robinson, pictured in a meet last year, set the school record Saturday in the 400-meter dash. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Jacob Robinson, pictured in a meet last year, set the school record Saturday in the 400-meter dash. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Jacob Robinson didn’t have to look far to find the former Riverhead High School record holder in the 400-meter dash.

At Saturday’s Suffolk Officials Meet at Mount Sinai High School, Robinson turned in a school record time of 50.58 seconds, according to coach Steve Gevinski. The Riverhead senior topped the previous best of 50.64 set in 2007 by Will Razzano, Gevinski said.  (more…)

03/07/15 1:00pm
03/07/2015 1:00 PM
Riverhead senior Jacob Robinson was among the best track and field athletes in New York State to compete in Cornell University's Barton Hall on Saturday. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Riverhead senior Jacob Robinson was among the best track and field athletes in New York State to compete in Cornell University’s Barton Hall on Saturday. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Last winter Jacob Robinson described the experience of running in his first indoor state track and field meet as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. He could have amended that on Saturday to a “twice-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.

For the second year in a row, Robinson made it to the awards podium, where he stood with a pair of third-place medals (one for the state public schools and one for the federation) dangling around his neck. For the second year in a row, the Riverhead senior ran the 200-meter leg for a third-place intersectional medley-relay team. (more…)

03/06/15 3:00pm
03/06/2015 3:00 PM
Jacob Robinson and his headband will be part of Section XI's distance-medley relay team. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jacob Robinson and his headband will be part of Section XI’s distance-medley relay team. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

The fastest-moving headband in Riverhead High School these days belongs to Jacob Robinson.

Robinson has an affable way about him, with a friendly face and a pleasant demeanor to match. When he is on the track, the senior sprinter can be found wearing his trademark white headband. The headband has become as much a part of his persona as his blistering speed and his insatiable desire to run faster. (more…)

02/22/15 7:06pm
02/22/2015 7:06 PM
Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Gladysz finished sixth in the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes 40.13 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Gladysz finished sixth in the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes 40.13 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

LONG ISLAND ELITE TRACK INVITATIONAL

Jacob Robinson walked out of St. Anthony’s High School with a couple of well-earned plaques in his hand on Sunday afternoon. The Riverhead High School senior was involved in a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Long Island Elite Track Invitational.

Robinson, wearing his trademark white headband, clocked a time of 36.31 seconds in the 300-meter dash. The only faster times among the 31 competitors were turned in by Luke Germanakos of Lynbrook (35.17), Kyle Watkins of Longwood (35.75) and Kory Fitzgerald of Half Hollow Hills West (36.10). They are all seniors. Bishop McGann-Mercy junior Dale Kelly came in sixth in 36.47. (more…)

12/23/14 4:00pm
12/23/2014 4:00 PM
Riverhead senior Jacob Robinson has his sights set on reaching the state meet in the 300-dash this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Riverhead senior Jacob Robinson has his sights set on reaching the state meet in the 300-dash this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

The beginning of the winter track season is generally a tune-up for most athletes. It’s a chance for runners to get conditioning work in, experiment in different events and begin preparation for when the season really counts in late January and February.

Because of that, it’s uncommon to see too many record runs or personal bests early in the season. The idea is, gradually increase and peak at the end of the season and springboard into the outdoor season.  (more…)

03/01/14 6:54pm
03/01/2014 6:54 PM
Riverhead junior Jacob Robinson picked up a medal as a member of Section XI’s third-place distance-medley relay team. (Credit: Bill Hedges)

Riverhead junior Jacob Robinson picked up a medal as a member of Section XI’s third-place distance-medley relay team. (Credit: Bill Hedges)

NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

If ever there was a mystery event in high school boys winter track, it is the distance-medley relay.

In the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships, each section sends out a team usually consisting of runners from four different schools who have never run in a meet together. Each runner runs a different distance than his teammates.

The event is not usually run during the rest of the season, and with no previous results to refer to, which team will win is anybody’s guess. Even the runners themselves aren’t sure whether they are headed for a first-place finish — or dead last. (more…)