FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Last week at this time, St. Clairsville's Alyssa Robinson was basking in the glory of her second consecutive state championship in the Division II shot put.
Today, she's celebrating being the best shot putter in the Midwest.
The Penn State University signee captured the gold medal at Saturday's prestigious Midwest Meet of Champions despite a pouring rain for most of the competition with a winning put of 43-ft-6 3/4.
"I'm very excited and honored to win," Robinson said. "But, I would have been happier, however, with a better mark, but the rain made the circle very wet and slippery, which didn't help much at all."
All eight of the throwers in the competition received six throws in the competition. Robinson's winning mark was nearly a foot better than her nearest competitor. She launched the iron ball to the winning mark on her second throw of the finals.
"No one hit anywhere near their best marks," Robinson pointed out. "The weather conditions definitely affected everyone."
On top of the victory, Robinson thoroughly enjoyed her experience as a member of Team Ohio. The squad departed for Indiana Friday, were honored at a banquet that night and headed to the track Saturday morning.
"This was a great experience," Robinson said. "I'm really thankful for the opportunity to have been on Team Ohio. I met a lot of great athletes and even some future rivals."
The victory closes the book on one of the finest prep throwing careers ever produced in the Ohio Valley. Robinson was undefeated during the outdoor season and owns every meet record in the Ohio Valley.
Next up for Robinson is the competition of NCAA Division I as she'll join a solid Nittany Lions' program in the fall and start preparations for indoor competition.