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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)